UK’s Charlotte Dujardin Wins Dressage Gold

Rio Olympics Equestrian

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have clinched a second successive gold dressage medal, setting an Olympic record in the process.

To the sound of samba music, the British rider posted a score of 93.857 percent and beat the record she set in London four years ago, also on Valegro.

Dujardin was the only rider to surpass the 90 mark on Monday. She finished ahead of Isabell Werth and Kristina Broring-Sprehe, who were both part of the Germany team that won Friday.

It was a fourth silver medal for Werth and a 10th overall.

Werth had a score of 89.071 on Weihegold OLD, with Broring-Sprehe posting 87.142 on Desperados.

While Spain's Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez and his horse did not medal, they were the clear favorites of the crowd, performing "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas.

During the competition the rider directs the horse to perform a series of movements in prearranged order. They are judged on the trot, canter, pirouette, piaffe and passage. Riders, who must memorize the test in order to guide their horses through it, may not use their voices throughout the competition. Riding whips are also forbidden, but spurs are required. 

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