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London 2012

Gold turned to silver in the dying seconds

Published onsdag 1 augusti 2012 kl 15.10
"The horse is very pleased with herself"
(1:28 min)
Foto: Mats Fagerström

Sweden's first Olympic medal came Monday, when the equestrian Sara Algotsson Ostholt finished second in individual eventing – a huge success, of course, but perhaps also a disappointment, as the gold medal was within her grasp until the dying seconds.

"We had to ride in a very high speed in the show jumping," Algotsson Oldhort explained. "I saw that we came a little close and tried to pull her back a little bit, but she was going so fast that I couldn't stop her."

"I knew that it was close to the fence. Unfortunately, it fell down. I was a little sad about that mistake – but winning silver is also very good."

Algotsson Ostholt added that her horse, competing in her first Olympics, is well aware of its strong performance on Monday.

"I do not know if she cares about the medal or not, but a horse knows when it's done something good, so she is pleased with herself."

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