Great Britain Team Remain Unbeaten
The British squad won comfortably on a score of 456.024 fielding one of their strongest and most experienced teams to date, leading by a margin of 20%. “We came here with the intention of securing a podium place in the team event to qualify for Rio,” David said, “and we got the gold with a large percentage to spare, I couldn’t be prouder of them.” He was also quick to praise the work of the entire British camp, including those behind the scenes, “the whole team and their back up have worked hard and everything has gone very smoothly,” he said, “There has been a great spirit and I'm over the moon, delighted!”
The second placed Dutch team fielded some younger and less experienced combinations and although the team score collectively was far behind the Brits, The Netherlands scored 436.941, some of the individual performances were admirable. David Hunter believes that in two years time at Rio the competition could be stiffer for Great Britain, “Some of the Dutch team are absolutely there on our heels, and the Germans as well, you can rest assured that they will want to improve upon things.” He said, “I think it makes for some really exciting sport and competition in the future.”
Germany took the team bronze medal with a total combined score of 432.910 to secure their team a spot also at Rio in 2016. Some of the German squad had a tough time in the arena this week, noticeably Paralympian Britta Napel, the grade II rider could only manage fifth place today and is usually on top of the podium come medal day. However the margin between the bronze and securing the silver was small so the team will feel encouraged to work on improvements before the European Championships in Aachen next year and will likely come back fighting.
Great Britain – 456.024
The Netherlands – 436.941
Germany – 432.510
Italy – 428.449
Denmark – 424.122
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