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Nick Skelton wins showjumping gold at Rio Olympics

Stratford Editorial 19th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE’S Nick Skelton has won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

The 58 year-old, who lives in Shelfield near Great Alne, rode to success in the equestrian individual jumping on his horse Big Star.

Riding in his seventh Olympics, it was his second gold following his victory in the team event at London 2012.

It was Britain’s 23rd gold of the games in Brazil and Britain’s first individual equestrian medal in 44 years.

Nick was clearly emotional and understandably very proud as he stood on the podium during the medal ceremony.

Interviewed after collecting his medal, Nick said he expected this to be his last Olympics, saying Big Star would be 17 by the time Tokyo came around, adding he would also be too old.

Nick became Britain’s oldest gold medal winner since Joshua Millner won the shooting in 1908 at the age of 61.

 

 

 

Joshua Millner

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