Algotsson Ostholt claims Sweden’s first medal

Algotsson Ostholt claims Sweden's first medal
Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt claimed the country's first medal of the 2012 London Olympics by winning the equestrian individual eventing silver medal after narrowly missing out on the gold to Germany's Michael Jung.

Jung created equestrian history at the London Games on Tuesday, winning gold to become the first rider to hold the European, world and Olympic individual eventing titles.

It was a red letter day for the record-breaker as he had earlier picked up eventing team gold on his brilliant horse Sam, all of this on the day he celebrated his 30th birthday.

In silver came Sweden’s Sara Algotsson Ostholt, who suffered wretched luck as she was on target to become the first woman to take the title only for her grey mare Wega to knock the top pole off the final fence.

That left her with a combined total after the dressage and cross country of 43.30 points, behind Jung on 40.60.

The bronze medal went to Jung’s compatriot, Sandra Auffarth, with 44.80 points.

Two other Swedish riders also competed in the final – Niklas Lindbäck on Mister Pooh and Ludvig Svennerstål on Shamwari. Neither threatened the medallists however, coming in 18th and 20th respectively.

The top 25 riders qualified for the final in the event in Greenwhich Park in west London.

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