58-year-old wins Olympic Gold!

nick skelton 2At the age of 58 Nick Skelton has won team GB’s 23rd Olympic gold of the Rio 2016 Olympic games, on 13-year-old Big Star. He is not only GB's first ever equestrian individual Olympic gold medallist, he is also GB's oldest Olympic gold medallist, in any sport, since 1908!

 

In the last equestrian event of the 2016 Games, the individual showjumping competition, Skelton was one of 13 riders to go clear in the first round. He then posted another clear round in the second round of the competition to go into the jump-off to decide the medals alongside 5 other riders. He went first in the jump-off, posting a third clear round in a time of 42.82 seconds. As one rider after another failed to either go clear or else beat his time it reached the point where, with only two other riders still to jump, he was assured of a medal. one after the other the final riders had fences down giving him his first equestrian individual medal, having won team gold at the London Olympics in 2012. And his first individual medal was Gold.

 

Nick Skelton has come back from injury several times, having retiredin 2000 after suffering a broken neck, and after undergoing a hip replacement in 2011. This was his 7th Olympic games!