Golds for Pearson and Criddle
Friday 24 September 2004
Lee Pearson and Debbie Criddle won their second equestrian gold medals of the week at the Paralympic Games in Athens.
Lee Pearson and Debbie Criddle won their second equestrian gold medals of the week at the Paralympic Games in Athens with outstanding performances in yesterday's individual dressage freestyle. Pearson scored an astonishing 87.000 per cent on his attractive dun gelding Blue Circle Boy to win by the remarkable margin of almost 11 per cent.
"I used the horse's power to the maximum today, but it could have gone either way," Pearson said. "The judges could have felt that it was too spectacular, but they just sat back and enjoyed it."
Criddle, with a score of 81.722 per cent, was also the only rider in her grade to get into the eighties. Her win on Tuesday means that she now holds concurrent titles as Paralympic, World and European champion - all of which were achieved with Nina Venables' 13-year-old bay gelding, Figaro IX.
Sophie Christiansen, the 16-year-old schoolgirl who won a Grade I bronze medal for Britain on Tuesday, missed out yesterday when she finished a close fourth, just ahead of regular team member Anne Dunham.
Dunham is one of the four Britons nominated for Sunday's team test. The others are Pearson, Criddle and Nicola Tustain, who won a Grade III bronze on Wednesday and is due to ride her freestyle test today. Britain won team golds in the 1996 and 2000 Games and, with scores being carried forward from the first competition in Athens, hopes are already high for a third consecutive victory.
The swimmer David Roberts achieved his third gold yesterday. Roberts, already a winner in the S7 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay, left his rivals trailing in the S7 400m freestyle, winning in 4min 56.11sec. The Welshman, who has cerebral palsy, was five seconds clear of Rong Tian, of China, and his win marked a comeback from life-threatening surgery.
Arsenal and Puma unveil world's first left-footed football
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
Raheem Sterling interview: No amount of money can convince Sterling to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool injury news: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren expected to be ready for Arsenal clash
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men