Britain’s Nick Skelton & Big Star Win Olympic Jumping Individual Gold, Sweden’s Peder Fredericson & All In Silver, Canada’s Eric Lamaze & Fine Lady Bronze

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Nick Skelton of Great Britain (gold), Peder Fredericson of Sweden (silver) and Eric Lamaze of Canada (bronze) in the Olympic jumping individual competition. © Getty Images
Nick Skelton of Great Britain (gold), Peder Fredericson of Sweden (silver) and Eric Lamaze of Canada (bronze) in the Olympic jumping individual competition. © Getty Images

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 19, 2016–Great Britain’s Nick Skelton and Big Star won the jumping individual gold medal Friday with Sweden’s Peder Fredericson on All In taking silver and Canada’s Eric Lamaze on Fine Lady the bronze.

The result was remarkable for Nick, 58 years old, winning Britain’s first ever individual jumping gold in his  seventh Olympics and the 13-year-old KWPN stallion. The pair were on the British gold medal team in the 2012 London Games, a highlight of Nick’s career that appeared to come to an end in 2001 when he retired after breaking his neck in two places but returned  to competition a year later.

“I have been in the sport a long, long time and to win this now at my age, I’m so happy, it’s just amazing!” said Nick, “I was emotional (on the podium) because I am so happy and it’s been a long time, to do this now is like unbelievable for me. I’ve always wanted to do this and I nearly did it in London in the individual. I’ve had European medals and world medals but to win this and be lucky enough to get this horse here is pretty emotional for all concerned in my team.”

Big Star, a favorite of jumping fans around the world, made the British team this year after lengthy recuperation from injuries.

Nick’s gold is Britain’s second in equestrian events following Charlotte Dujardin’s victory on Valegro in individual dressage.

Eric Lamaze was individual gold medal winner at the 2008 Olympics.

Results:

Jumpoff

ATHLETE HORSE RESULT
1 GBR
SKELTON Nick
BIG STAR 0
2 SWE
FREDRICSON Peder
ALL IN 0
3 CAN
LAMAZE Eric
FINE LADY 5 4
4 SUI
GUERDAT Steve
NINO DES BUISSONNETS 4
5 USA
FARRINGTON Kent
VOYEUR 8
6 QAT
AL THANI Sheikh Ali
FIRST DEVISION 8

2nd Round

RANK ATHLETE HORSE RESULT
1 GBR
SKELTON Nick
BIG STAR 0
1 SUI
GUERDAT Steve
NINO DES BUISSONNETS 0
1 QAT
AL THANI Sheikh Ali
FIRST DEVISION 0
1 USA
FARRINGTON Kent
VOYEUR 0
1 SWE
FREDRICSON Peder
ALL IN 0
1 CAN
LAMAZE Eric
FINE LADY 5 0
7 NED
DUBBELDAM Jeroen
ZENITH 1
8 ARG
ALBARRACIN Matias
CANNAVARO 9 2
9 POR
DINIZ Luciana
FIT FOR FUN 13 4
9 USA
WARD McLain
AZUR 4
9 BRA
DE MIRANDA Alvaro Doda
CORNETTO K 4
9 AUS
TOPS-ALEXANDER Edwina
LINTEA TEQUILA 4
9 SUI
FUCHS Martin
CLOONEY 4
9 GER
AHLMANN Christian
TALOUBET Z 4
9 GER
DEUSSER Daniel
FIRST CLASS 4
16 BRA
VENISS Pedro
QUABRI DE L’ISLE 5
16 QAT
AL RUMAIHI Ali Yousef
GUNDER 5
16 FRA
BOST Roger Yves
SYDNEY UNE PRINCE 5
19 UKR
TEBBEL Rene
ZIPPER 6
20 NED
VAN DER VLEUTEN Maikel
VERDI 9
20 ESP
ALVAREZ MOYA Sergio
CARLO 273 9
22 FRA
STAUT Kevin
REVEUR DE HURTEBISE 12
23 FRA
ROZIER Philippe
RAHOTEP DE TOSCANE 13
24 SWE
VON ECKERMANN Henrik
YAJAMILA 16
25 GBR
MAHER Ben
TIC TAC 17
26 CAN
FOSTER Tiffany
TRIPPLE X III 21
NED
SMOLDERS Harrie
EMERALD Withdrawn