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Riders claim silver at Greenwich Park
TEAM GB claimed their fourth medal of the Games on Tuesday as the riders struck Silver in the final phase of the eventing competition at Greenwich Park.
The quintet of Zara Philips, Tina Cook, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, and William Fox-Pitt finished in second place after a closely fought contest saw favourites Germany clinch gold and New Zealand finish with bronze.
After clear rounds from Fox-Pitt and King, and only a single pole lowered by Wilson and Zara Philips; Cook entered the arena knowing she needed to produce a clear round to secure team silver.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Philips said: “It is huge to get an Olympic medal, especially as we were up against some really tough competition. The whole week has been an amazing experience and the crowd have been unreal.”
Tina Cook added: “Oh my goodness, it was so close. Gold would have been brilliant but Silver is absolutely fantastic. Henry [Miners Frolic] was very ill last year and it’s been almost like a fairytale. The team result is brilliant for equestrianism and it’s great for the sport.”
The individual standings meant King and Cooke finished outside the medals in fifth and sixth respectively, with Philips finishing eighth overall.