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Paralympic sports - 10. September 2008.

Silver for Coulthard makes it five for equestrian


It was a fifth medal for the equestrian team tonight, as Felicity Coulthard pulled out all the stops in her lively grade II freestyle test to grab the silver at her first Games.


“I’m very very happy,” said Coulthard, who watched her team mates notch up three golds and a silver in last night’s competition.


“I wasn’t necessarily expecting a score as good as that, as there were some errors, but I gave it my best effort. It was much cooler tonight, which made it much easier for me.”


In the freestyle competition, the riders design their own test and set the movements to suitable music. Lancashire-based Coulthard performed to “Fiddler on the Roof”, which suited her horse, Roffelaar, perfectly and impressed the judges throughout to give her a final mark of 71.06%.


Tomorrow is the final night of equestrian action, when the remaining six riders will contest their freestyle competitions. Lee Pearson is looking for his ninth Paralympic gold, while Sophie Christiansen and Anne Dunham will be hoping for a repeat of their medal-winning performances from last night. Debbie Criddle, Simon Laurens and Ricky Balshaw will be looking to improve on their recent performances to finish in the medals.

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