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After four days of top-level sport, peaking in an exciting finale in the obstacle driving competition, Germany’s Dieter Lauterbach won the individual gold medal at the FEI World Single Driving Championships in Piber, Austria, ahead of Weronika Kwiatek from Poland and Dutch driver Saskia Siebers.
The German team won the Nations competition, Poland took home the silver medal and Switzerland claimed bronze.
Torrential rain made the second dressage day a mud-splattered affair, but made for some spectacular photography as the carriages careered through the mud and water. The competition was even stopped for a couple of hours in the afternoon so the arena could dry out a bit.
Winning the bronze medal came as a complete surprise for her: “This was my first World Championship as a competitor and I did not know what to expect. I had hoped for a top-ten placing, but this is fantastic!”
Marathon winner Weronika Kwiatek collected time penalties in the obstacle driving competition, but this did not endanger her silver medal: “I won the marathon here last year and again this year. The heavy terrain suits my horse Bartnik, he has a very good condition and a lot of power.”
Dieter Lauterbach won the golden medal, “This has been a wonderful event with fair sport and a great atmosphere. I have won already several medals, but to win individual gold is yet again something special.”
Individual results FEI World Single Driving Championship Piber 2016:
1 Dieter Lauterbach (GER) 137,50
2 Weronika Kwiatek (POL) 139,68
3 Saskia Siebers (NED) 141,36
Team results FEI World Single Driving Championship Piber 2016:
1 Germany 270,39
2 Poland 281,65
3 Switzerland 283,70
Text by FEI/Cindy Timmer
Photography by FEI/Krisztina Horváth