Team GB’s Tom McEwen earns a silver medal in the individual eventing but Oliver Townend and Laura Collett miss out on a podium place… as Germany’s Julia Krajewski takes gold
Great Britain’s Tom McEwen won the silver medal in the eventing individual competition at the Tokyo Olympics.
McEwen took silver in the individual competition on Toledo De Kerser after a faultless clear round.
German Julia Krajewski took gold, while Team GB‘s Oliver Townend had two fences down to finish fifth having begun the final showjumping round in second.
Tom McEwen took silver after a faultless clear round as German Julia Krajewski came first
Krajewski won gold to spoil what could have been a perfect day for Team GB and McEwen
Laura Collett, meanwhile, had eight faults when the final two fences in her round dropped, finishing ninth.
The day began on a high note as McEwen, Townend and Collett won the team eventing gold, Britain’s first in the event since Munich 1972.
Reflecting on his team round, McEwen said: ‘He is a class horse and a great jumper, so it was just up to me on top.
‘My nerves were fine. They (Townend and Collett) are both brilliant riders, and I had no doubt they would pull it straight out of the bag quite easily and comfortably.’
And Collett, who dropped places individually after having one fence down, added: ‘He (London 52) was his normal self at the start, then I think there was a reflection off the water and he just spooked, basically.
‘He got it back together. It’s a shame, but it could have been a whole lot worse in that situation. It was a very clever course.’