New Zealand Eventing team win Bronze in London 2012

Veterans Andrew Nicholson and Mark Todd led the New Zealand three-day eventing team to a bronze medal at Greenwich Park marking New Zealand’s first medal of the 2012 Olympics.

The two riders, both competing at their seventh Olympic Games, totalled eight Olympic medals between them.

The other members of the New Zealand team were Jock Paget, Caroline Powell and Jonelle Richards.

Going into the showjumping phase, New Zealand were in fourth place, behind Germany, Great Britain and Sweden.

Nicholson, 51, riding Nereo, was superb, riding clear and incurring no time penalties. Powell and Paget knocked down one rail each and Richards went clear, but incurred nine time penalties.

Germany and Great Britain, sealed the gold and silver medals. But Sweden faltered and New Zealand found themselves with the chance of the bronze medal.

So it came down to Todd, 56, riding Campino. He could afford one rail and still hold on to the bronze. Riding masterfully, Todd coaxed his young horse around the showjumping course. There was one rail down, but only one, and the bronze went to New Zealand.

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