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Equestrianism at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Equestrianism at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: GBR Charlotte Dujardin
Silver: NED Adelinde Cornelissen
Bronze: GBR Laura Bechtolsheimer

Summary

The drift into semi-retirement of three-time Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven after the Beijing Olympics meant that, for the first time in a generation, the road to the London Olympics appeared unpredictable. By the half-way point of the Olympic cycle that unpredictability had faded away in the knowledge that the nearly crowned World Champion pairing of Dutch rider Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas would dominate the dressage world for many years to come. Ironically it was their performance in winning three gold medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games that ruined their chances of Olympic glory. A business consortium led by former German Olympic riders Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff and Paul Schockemöhle bought Totilas from his Dutch owners for a fee variously reported at between €10-15 million with the intention of mixing his competitive career with lucrative stud duties. Linsenhoff's stepson Mathias Rath took over the ride from Gal but the pairing never rose to the same level as Totilas' showing in 2010 and their dreams of Olympic glory faded when Rath was sidelined with mononucleosis (glandular fever) in the spring of 2012.

The mantle of favourite was inherited by Adelinde Cornelissen, a Dutch rider who had won both individual titles at the 2011 European Championships with Britain's Carl Hester seemingly the main threat to her title challenge. Another British rider, Charlotte Dujardin, had made a huge improvement in partnership with [Valegro] over the previous 12 months and arrived at the Games with the highest score of the year to date.

Dujardin had only made her international début in the spring of 2011 but took to the Olympic arena like a seasoned veteran and posted the best scores in each of the two qualifying rounds. In the culminating Grand Prix freestyle Cornelissen set an imposing score of 88.196 but, with a routine set to patriotic British music, the theme to the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" and the chimes of Big Ben, Dujardin and Valegro outscored her by two clear percentage points. There was some controversy about the scoring as Valegro had made a clear mistake near the end of his round and afterwards the judges explained that they had favoured the more relaxed "soft hands" riding style of the Briton over the more powerful style of Cornelissen.

Back in 41st place was Japanese rider Hiroshi Hoketsu who at 71-years-old was the oldest Olympian since Austrian fencer Arthur von Pongracz competed at the Berlin Games of 1936. Eight places behind Hoketsu was Morocco's Yassine Rahmouni who was the first African dressage rider to compete at the Olympics. The Dutch born rider was given a chance to compete at the Olympics when he met King Mohammed VI after jet skiing on his holiday to Morocco. Princess Lalla Amina (president of the Moroccan Equestrian Federation) decided to help him by buying a horse ([Floresco]) allowing him to compete at the highest level.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal
1 Charlotte Dujardin 27 Great Britain GBR Valegro Gold
2 Adelinde Cornelissen 33 Netherlands NED Parzival Silver
3 Laura Bechtolsheimer 27 Great Britain GBR Mistral Hojris Bronze
4 Helen Langehanenberg 30 Germany GER Damon Hill
5 Carl Hester 45 Great Britain GBR Uthopia
6 Anky van Grunsven 44 Netherlands NED Salinero
7 Dorothee Schneider 43 Germany GER Diva Royal
8 Kristina Sprehe 25 Germany GER Desperados
9 Edward Gal 42 Netherlands NED Undercover
10 Juan Muñoz 43 Spain ESP Fuego
11 Tinne Wilhelmsson-Silfvén 45 Sweden SWE Don Auriello
12 Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein 37 Denmark DEN Digby
13 Victoria Max-Theurer 26 Austria AUT Augustin
14 Patrik Kittel 36 Sweden SWE Scandic
15 Valentina Truppa 26 Italy ITA Eremo del Castegno
16 Gonçalo Carvalho 30 Portugal POR Rubi
17 Steffen Peters 47 United States USA Ravel
18 Anna Kasprzak 22 Denmark DEN Donnperignon
19 Anabel Balkenhol 40 Germany GER Dablino
20 Minna Telde 37 Sweden SWE Santana
21 Anne Jensen-van Olst 50 Denmark DEN Clearwater
22 Emma Kanerva 27 Finland FIN Spirit
23 Morgan Barbançon 19 Spain ESP Painted Black
24 Ashley Nicoll-Holzer 48 Canada CAN Breaking Dawn
25 Tina Konyot 50 United States USA Calecto V
26 Richard Davison 56 Great Britain GBR Artemis
27 Claudia Fassaert 42 Belgium BEL Donnerfee
28 Jan Ebeling 53 United States USA Rafalca
29 José Daniel Martín 38 Spain ESP Grandioso
30 Mikaela Lindh 42 Finland FIN Más Guapo
31 Jessica Michel 30 France FRA Riwera
32 Patrick van der Meer 41 Netherlands NED Uzzo
33 Siril Helljesen 33 Norway NOR Dorina
34 Lisbeth Seierskilde 26 Denmark DEN Raneur
35 Anna Merveldt-Steffens 49 Ireland IRL Coryolano
36 Renate Voglsang 41 Austria AUT Fabriano
37 Adrienne Lyle 27 United States USA Wizard
38 Beata Stremler 27 Poland POL Martini
39 Lyndal Oatley 32 Australia AUS Sandro Boy
40 Katarzyna Milczarek-Jasińska 46 Poland POL Ekwador
41 Hiroshi Hoketsu 71 Japan JPN Whisper
42 Jacqueline Brooks 44 Canada CAN D'Niro
43 Kristy Oatley-Nist 34 Australia AUS Clive
44 Mary Hanna 57 Australia AUS Sancette
45 Michał Rapcewicz 30 Poland POL Randon
46 Svitlana Kyselova 40 Ukraine UKR Parish
47 Luiza Almeida 20 Brazil BRA Pastor
48 Louisa Hill 50 New Zealand NZL Antonello
49 Yassine Rahmouni 27 Morocco MAR Floresco
AC David Marcus 31 Canada CAN Capital DQ