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Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin wins double European gold at 2013 ECCO FEI European Championships
5:13pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
Enfield’s Charlotte Dujardin made sure the 2013 ECCO FEI European Championships went down as the most successful in British equestrian history as she claimed two gold medals at the event in Denmark.
The double Olympic gold medallist achieved a score of 91.250 per cent on board ten-year-old Valegro in the freestyle which was a record European Championship score in the discipline.
Dujardin finished almost four per cent above silver medallist Helen Langehanenberg and five per cent ahead of previous European champion Adelinde Cornelissen in third.
Two days earlier the 28-year-old took first place in the individual grand prix special competition. She recovered from a mistake in her routine before posting a winning total of 85.699 per cent.
Dujardin helped take Britain’s medal haul to six, three of which are gold, and she admits she couldn’t have asked for any more from Valegro .
“I had great fun, I absolutely loved it. It was amazing,” Dujardin told Team GB’s website.
“I watched my Olympic freestyle back and to me he looked not quite as expressive as he can because he had done so much in London and was so tired.
“I so wanted to beat that goddamn world record. I just missed out, but what else can I ask of Valegro? He has given me everything this week and I am just absolutely over the moon.
“The performance felt much better than London. He just felt fantastic out there, but I had no idea the crowd would start clapping before the end. They don't normally.
“Every time he went in there he gave me his best this week and that is all you can ask for as a rider. I just cannot ask any more of him.”
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