Debutant Baker achieves gold ambition in dressage
Sunday 02 September 2012
In her Paralympic Games debut, Great Britain's Natasha Baker won gold yesterday in the Grade II individual dressage event at Greenwich Park, with a Paralympic Grade II record score of 76.857 per cent riding on her horse Cabral.
"From the age of 10 when I watched the Sydney Paralympics on television I said I would come to a Paralympic Games and win a gold medal," said the 22-year-old, who has transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder which affects the spinal cord. "But to come to my first Games and win gold, I never expected that in a million years."
Baker, from Uxbridge, was quick to praise the efforts of Cabral. "We kind of stepped it up a gear today – he just felt amazing." The defending champion, Germany's Britta Napel, finished second.
It wasn't Paralympic gold No 10 for Lee Pearson in the individual Grade 1b dressage test. The 38-year-old had to settle for his first ever Paralympic silver medal, behind Australia's Joann Formosa, who won with a score of 75.826 per cent. The Austrian Pepo Puch, considered Pearson's main rival in the event before the start, could only finish third.
Pearson has a another chance to add to his nine Paralympic golds in the team event today.
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