Nick Skelton wins European showjumping individual bronze


Page last updated at 20:15 GMT, Sunday, 18 September 2011 21:15 UK

Nick Skelton on Carlo Skelton was competing at his sixth European Championships in Madrid

Great Britain's Nick Skelton followed up his team bronze with individual bronze at the European Showjumping Championships in Madrid.

The 53-year-old knocked down one fence in each round of the individual competition on Carlo to post a final score of 9.04.

Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson won gold on Ninja La Silla with 6.77 after just a single time fault in his two rounds.

Carsten-Otto Nagel took silver for Germany on Corradina with 8.96.

Gerco Schroder had a chance to deny Skelton the bronze but the Dutchman recorded his first faults of the week on Eurocommerce New Orleans, his two downed fences leaving him in fourth spot on 9.54.

It was Skelton's first individual European Championship medal since he won bronze back in 1987.

He had won bronze in Friday's team event, along with Ben Maher, John Whitaker and Guy Williams.

Maher finished 12th in the individual event with a score of 15.76

Equestrian performance director Will Connell said: "Nick's bronze medal on Carlo is very well deserved; this is a young horse who demonstrates all the potential to win more medals in the future and rounds off an outstanding summer for the British team."

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