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Yes, they’ve done it again, and have a new lucky number. Germany has now won eight of the last nine Olympic team Dressage contests - with only GB spoiling the party on home soil in 2012 - and today’s result brings the Germans’ overall tally to 13 sets of Olympic team golds.
Isabell Werth knew she had produced something extra-special, “Today’s performance was near the optimum, I don’t think it will be easy to repeat it - this was a day of days!”, she said.
They stamped their authority all over yesterday’s Grand Prix Special with a team total of 81.936. Great Britain had to settle for silver with 78.595 while Team USA, posting 76.667, fended off the Netherlands for bronze.
The British felt the pressure, but Carl Hester wasn’t taking any monkey-business from Nip Tuck, who lost marks with silly spooking in yesterday’s test. “There was no way he was going to do that again today!”