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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day five – in pictures

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Charlotte Dujardin becomes Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time

Dressage bronze sets record of six Olympic medalsEquestrian moves clear of Grainger and GodfreeCharlotte Dujardin has cemented her place in the history books as the most decorated British female Olympian of all time, winning a bronze in the individual …

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Charlotte Dujardin wins record fifth Olympic medal with dressage bronze

Bronze medal secured in the team final alongside Hester and FryShe matches Katherine Grainger for medals by a British womanCharlotte Dujardin won a record-equalling fifth Olympic medal as Great Britain took bronze in the team dressage final at Tokyo Eq…

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day two – in pictures

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Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica selected for US Olympic showjumping team

29-year-old was an alternate at London 2012 OlympicsSpringsteen will ride stallion Don Juan van de DonkhoeveJessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has been selected for the Tokyo Olympics show jumping team, the US equestrian team annou…

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Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica selected for US Olympic showjumping team

29-year-old was an alternate at London 2012 OlympicsSpringsteen will ride stallion Don Juan van de DonkhoeveJessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has been selected for the Tokyo Olympics show jumping team, the US equestrian team annou…

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American showjumper given 10-year ban for using electric spurs on his horses

Andrew Kocher found guilty of horse abuse by FEI‘It is our duty in sport to put the welfare of the horse first’American showjumper Andrew Kocher has received a 10-year suspension for using electric spurs on his horses after a tribunal by the Internatio…

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Horses for courses but equestrian should not be dropped from Olympics

The Olympics is not really about sport; it is about narratives that weave myths about national characterI do not care how many sports you add to the Olympics. Breakdancing sounds like fun. Sport climbing will also be great, as soon as I work out what t…

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Unlikely US Olympic dressage hero Laura Graves to miss Tokyo Games

Former bartender to miss 2020 Olympics after retiring horseGraves and Verdades burst from obscurity to reach world No 1Dressage duo helped US to rare bronze in team event in 2016Laura Graves, an Olympic bronze medalist and the United States’ top medal …

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Bullying and elitism undermined British Equestrian Federation, report finds

• Review commissioned after chief executive’s July 2017 resignation• Panel found bullying, elitism and self-interest but not corruptionThe British Equestrian Federation was undermined by bullying, elitism and self-interest among its member bodies, acco…

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British Equestrian Federation launches investigation into bullying claims

• Allegations of elitism, self-interest and corruption also to be looked into• Is the latest governing body to face negative allegations about cultureAllegations of bullying, elitism and corruption will be investigated as part of an independent review …

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Victoria Pendleton registers clear round on showjumping debut

• Olympic cyclist makes bow at London International Horse Show
• ‘I had never showjumped before, so I wasn’t going to take any risks’

Victoria Pendleton marked her showjumping debut by jumping a clear round at Olympia’s London International Horse Show on Friday.

But the Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist was unable to inspire her team of jump jockeys to victory during a special event in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

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Nick Skelton: ‘I landed on my head and broke my neck’ | Small Talk

The Olympic showjumping champion on making the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, coming back from retirement and Only Fools and Horses

Hi Nick, how are you? I’m good thank you, Small Talk.

It’s a bit noisy. I’m just at the races at Cheltenham with our runners but I can have a quick chat, no problem.

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Nick Skelton: ‘I landed on my head and broke my neck’ | Small Talk

The Olympic showjumping champion on making the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, coming back from retirement and Only Fools and Horses

Hi Nick, how are you? I’m good thank you, Small Talk.

It’s a bit noisy. I’m just at the races at Cheltenham with our runners but I can have a quick chat, no problem.

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Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin retains Olympic individual dressage title

• Rides stunning round on Valegro to beat Germany’s Isabell Werth
• Praises ‘unbeatable’ horse and adds: ‘It was an amazing feeling in there’

Charlotte Dujardin retained her individual grand prix dressage medal at Rio’s Olympic equestrian centre with a stunning round on Valegro. Her winning score of 93.857 was the third highest of all time, beaten only by herself. Still, though, a high‑quality competition boiled down a thrilling last ditch finish in the baking Rio sun.

Dujardin rode out 14th of 18 competitors in dressage’s ultimate event, performing a secretive new routine seen only once in public shortly before the Games. She produced a stunning display of conjoined, expressive homo-equine balletics, drawing whoops and cheers from a healthy crowd and riding from the arena in tears after her final competitive ride on a horse that has been a constant companion.

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro lift dressage team to silver medal position

• Dujardin hails Valegro as her ‘horse of a lifetime’
• Team GB on the heels of Germany after day two

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro delivered a stunning display on their return to the Olympic arena as Great Britain’s dressage team ended day two in Deodoro holding the silver-medal position.

The combination that lit up London 2012, winning team and individual gold, proved a class apart, posting a score of 85.071%. That proved more than 2% clear of the field and hauled the British team of Dujardin, Carl Hester, Fiona Bigwood and Spencer Wilton from fourth to second.

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Dressed to thrill: Charlotte Dujardin begins her quest for the perfect round

Britain’s big gold medal hope in dressage has helped modernise an elitist sport, bringing an athlete’s intensity to the sometimes inaccessible discipline

Rake the sandpit. Plump the floral dressings. Fire up the dinner-jazz instrumental Elton John and Kiki Dee soundtrack. It is time to bring on the dancing horses. On a gloomy, sullen day in Rio’s military suburbs the Olympic dressage pranced into gear with little in the way of fanfare, something short of a stampede in the stands but with at least one irresistible sporting story lurking at its heart.

Charlotte Dujardin, dressage’s superstar, did not get to ride on day one. Great Britain’s gold medal champ will instead go on Thursday, having been placed 52nd on the starting roster and therefore given a pass on Rio’s first real dog of a day, the rain clinging at the edges all afternoon.

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William Fox-Pitt completes comeback from coma to lead eventing at Rio 2016

• Briton leads after first day of dressage 10 months after being put in coma
• Germany lead team competition with Australia second and GB third

William Fox-Pitt produced a stunning performance on day one of the Rio Olympics eventing competition to take pole position in Deodoro. The British rider, who was placed in an induced coma 10 months ago after suffering head trauma following a cross-country fall, leads on his 2015 Badminton Horse Trials winner, Chilli Morning.

Related: Rio Olympics 2016: Peaty breaks world record as Russia win first gold – live!

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Pippa Funnell optimistic about British team’s eventing hopes

• All four horses successfully passed inspection before competition
• Germans are firm favourites to secure a hat-trick of team titles

All four Great Britain team horses have passed the first inspection ahead of the Rio Olympics eventing competition.

William Fox-Pitt’s 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning, Pippa Funnell’s Billy The Biz, Kitty King’s Ceylor LAN and Gemma Tattersall’s Quicklook V all successfully came through the check in Deodoro on Friday morning.

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Why are Team GB so good at standing out while sitting down – and will the glory continue?

Great Britain’s best medal haul for 108 years came at London 2012 with an uncanny number of triumphs accomplished in sports by sedentary competitors. Will they lift us out of our sofas at Rio 2016?

When the British Olympic Association announced in December 2014 that DFS was to become the “official homeware partner” for Rio 2016 it was an irony lost on few. The bid to host the London 2012 Olympics was successful thanks partly to some schmoozing in Singapore but mainly for its mass participation legacy pledges and the promise to “get people off the sofa” – hardly the mission statement at DFS headquarters.

But rewind the clock to when the curtain had just come down on London 2012 and perhaps the logic becomes clearer. A nation of shopkeepers had sold itself to the world, the five-ringed circus was the biggest show in town and it was all made possible by Great Britain’s best medal haul for 108 years – an uncanny amount of which came in sports where competitors sit down.

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