Equestrianism: Algotsson makes it two in a row

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Linda Algotsson held onto her overnight lead to win her second successive Eventing World Cup Final, this time riding her mother's home-bred My Fair Lady, a half-sister to Stand By Me with whom the Swedish rider won last year.

Algotsson was the last to tackle the show jumping track yesterday. By then she had 8.6 penalties in hand, but she used only four of them with a single mistake to win from the French world champion, Jean Teulere, on Bambi de Briere.

Leslie Law, the British Olympic champion, was happy with 12th place on Coup de Coeur. Never having ridden the horse in a competition before, he was cautious as he set out across country, but the 12.8 time penalties he incurred did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm. "The further he went the better he got; he has a great gallop and he doesn't question a thing," Law said of the 10-year-old.

Zara Phillips, whose cross-country round on Springleaze Macaroo was marred by one run-out, was the only other Briton to complete the event after the withdrawals of Pippa Funnell and Polly Stockton.