Ben Maher wins Olympic GOLD medal for Team GB in individual jumping to add to amazing equestrian triumphs

TEAM GB star Ben Maher has won gold in the individual showjumping.

The 38-year-old put in a majestic ride aboard Explosion W to pip The Netherlands into silver by 17/100ths of a second.


It is Team GB's 15th gold of the Tokyo Olympic Games so far.

Sweden's Peder Fredricson on All In retained his individual silver, and the Netherland's Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville Z won bronze.

Maher is Team GB its second successive Olympic showjumping champion following Nick Skelton's success with Big Star in Rio five years ago.

The 38-year-old helped Britain to London 2012 team gold alongside Skelton, Scott Brash and Peter Charles, and he added individual title glory after living up to his tag as pre-Games favourite.

Thirty combinations contested the final, with six going through to a jump-off before Maher triumphed.

Maher's victory gave the Great Britain equestrian team a fifth Olympic medal in Tokyo, equalling their record haul achieved in London.

His win followed gold for the eventing team and Tom McEwen's individual eventing silver, plus team dressage bronze and Charlotte Dujardin's individual dressage bronze.

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Enfield-born Maher likened Explosion W's power to driving a Ferrari following victory in the £430,000 Rolex Grand Prix at Royal Windsor last month.

And there was a jaw-dropping quality to what was effectively a showjumping masterclass on the sport's biggest stage.

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