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Germany take dressage team gold

Isabell Werth, on board Satchmo
Germany's Isabelle Werth claimed her fifth Olympic gold medal

Germany continued their domination of the Olympic team dressage event as they took gold for the seventh Games in succession on Thursday.

The team of Heike Kemmer, Nadine Capellmann and Isabell Werth edged the Netherlands into silver medal position, with Denmark taking the bronze.

Werth, on board Satchmo, took the top individual score of 76.417%, just ahead of the Netherlands' Anky van Grunsven.

Great Britain finished sixth overall, with Emma Hindle scoring 71.125%.

Britain, whose team was made up by Laura Bechtolsheimer and Jane Gregory, started the second day in second place but that was a somewhat false position with strong riders from Germany and the Netherlands still to come.

Bechtolsheimer, on her Olympic debut, struggled to get the best out of her horse Mistral Hojris as she scored 65917%.

"It was one of those days when you are on the very fine line of absolutely amazing and it just being too much to control," said Bechtolsheimer, who made her Olympic debut.

A lot of people didn't believe in us but we proved them wrong

Germany's Isabell Werth
"We were borderline of what I could manage, so I had my hands full and lost my bearings.

"He offered me everything tonight but I couldn't quite hold it together.

"We had to go for it but I'm probably just lacking that bit of experience. I was very chilled out before I entered the arena but when we got in there he just got too big and extravagant that it was a bit too much.

"Unfortunately he was more on the ball than I was. He (Mistral Hojris) was ready to win gold which was a little bit too much for me."

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But there was good news for the British team with Hindle, who finished fourth, and Bechtolsheimer, 24th, both qualifying among the top 25 individual riders to go through to the individual final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Werth said her fifth Olympic gold medal had been a real team effort.

"The whole team really pulled together," said Werth.

"We were working for each other. A lot of people didn't believe in us but we proved them wrong."

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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGermany 3 1 1 5
Dressage Individual 0 1 1
Dressage Team 1 0 0
Eventing Individual 1 0 0
Eventing Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 1 3
Eventing Individual 0 1 0
Jumping Individual 0 0 1
Jumping Team 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forCanada 1 1 0 2
Jumping Individual 1 0 0
Jumping Team 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forNetherlands 1 1 0 2
Dressage Individual 1 0 0
Dressage Team 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forAustralia 0 1 0 1
Eventing Team 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forSweden 0 1 0 1
Jumping Individual 0 1 0
7 also show each event results forGreat Britain 0 0 2 2
Eventing Individual 0 0 1
Eventing Team 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forDenmark 0 0 1 1
Dressage Team 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forNorway 0 0 1 1
Jumping Team 0 0 1

see also
Hindle shines for GB in dressage
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Double bronze for debutant Cook
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Aussies take charge in dressage
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Injury blow to French title hopes
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