Sally Clark wins Individual Mixed Eventing Silver, Atlanta 1996

In Sally Clark’s campaign to get to the 1996 Olympics she based herself in the United States in the lead-up to the Games. This was part-funded by Heinz and she got to know well Tony O’Reilly, the Irishman who headed Heinz, though he was better known to New Zealanders as the brilliant winger in the 1959 Lions team to New Zealand.

At Atlanta, Clark scored 51.20 in the dressage and just 9.20 in the gruelling cross-country section. When she went clear in the show-jumping it meant that the only person who could deprive her of the gold medal was countryman Blyth Tait, who duly had the perfect round. Tait finished with 56.80 points, and Clark with 60.40, and after them there was a large gap to third-placed American Kerry Millikin.

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