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Swedish show jumper becomes Euro Champion

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The Swedish horse riding world celebrated last night as the Swedish show jumper Rolf-Göran Bengtsson won a gold in the European Championships in Madrid.

It was only at the very end, when Germany's Gerco Schröder's horse knocked off a brick on the last fence, that the Swede could move to the very top.

Poor Gerco Schröder's demise led to a surprise win by Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, who wasn't even sure he would get a medal by the time he had done his last round.

But as it sometimes goes, all three show jumpers to enter court after him knocked off fences. When it was time for Gerco Schröder, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson knew that the German must knock off more than one fence, or get around the court unusually slowly, for him to have a chance.

And, for 49-year-old Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, the increadible thing happened.

Afterwards Swedish Radio Sports Department's Christian Olsson asked him what he had that his competitors did not?

"Yes, what was it? I guess I was striking from a disadvantageous position as I had no medal when I rode in, I could just do my very best, I had nothing to loose," he said.

Bengtsson said his horse, Ninja la Silla, has been jumping terrifically all weekend. The 16-year old horse was the oldest in the whole championships. Ninja la Silla was the horse that also brought Rolf-Göran Bengtsson a silver medal in the olympics three years ago. But this experience beats that, says Bengtsson. standing on the top of the winner's stand is something one just dreams about.