PreviousNext

London 2012 Olympics: Sophie Christiansen wins third gold medal in equestrian

By // Sports | London 2012 Olympics: Sophie Christiansen wins third gold medal in equestrian
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 12:59 EST, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:59 EST, 4 September 2012

Sophie Christiansen became Britain’s first triple gold medallist of the London 2012 Paralympics at Greenwich Park.

The 24-year-old, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, also secured a British Paralympic record 11 medals in one Games for Great Britain’s equestrian team.

Christiansen, riding Janeiro 6, added Grade Ia freestyle gold to a team gold medal and individual championship title.

Golden girl: Sophie Christiansen on Janeiro 6 celebrates her latest dressage triumph at Greenwich Park

Golden girl: Sophie Christiansen on Janeiro 6 celebrates her latest dressage triumph at Greenwich Park

She rode three times during the six-day competition, and on each occasion scored more than 80 per cent.

Her patriotic musical freestyle routine included excerpts from Land of Hope and Glory and also featured Big Ben’s chimes plus a quotation from Shakespeare’s Richard II, providing a fitting conclusion to the para-dressage programme.

Britain finished with 10 individual medals - four gold, five silver and a bronze - plus a fifth successive Paralympic team title.

Flying the flag: British fans cheer on Christiansen as the home rider stormed to gold

Flying the flag: British fans cheer on Christiansen as the home rider stormed to gold

But Christiansen, who has cerebral palsy, was the star performer in her third Paralympics, winning with a mammoth score of 84.750 per cent.

She won a bronze medal as a 16-year-old in Athens eight years ago, then captured two golds and a silver in Beijing. She is also a reigning world and European champion.

In addition to her brilliant riding skills, Christiansen has a masters degree in mathematics from Royal Holloway University and currently works part-time as a statistician.

She received an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List for services to disabled sport.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Beaver Scouts rocked by love triangle scandal after 'whisky-infused' father posts online message revealing 'affair'

A Beaver Scout group has been hit by allegations of an affair between its married leader and one of the women who volunteers there after ... Full story

Pictured: The incredible moment that a smartly-dressed City worker takes on smash-and-grab jewellery shop raider brandishing a MACHETE

Incredible photos show the moment a member of the public attempted to tackle a robber from an armed gang who raided a jewellery store.The three-strong ... Full story

Thousands gather in Mecca as King Abdullah is laid to rest in Riyadh after losing battle with pneumonia

The body of King Abdullah has been buried in an unmarked grave in Riyadh less than 24 hours after his death plunged Saudi Arabia into ... Full story

Flags at half mast and fawning praise for a King 'loved by his people' sparks furious backlash over violent rule

Fawning public tributes paid to the late King of Saudi Arabia have sparked a furious public backlash today - as campaigners attacked his reign for ... Full story

Bailiffs trying to evict cancer-stricken father, Tom Crawford, over mortgage dispute are forced to retreat after 500 strangers form human blockade around his bungalow

This is the moment when bailiffs trying to evict a cancer-stricken father were forced to retreat after 500 strangers formed a human blockade around his ... Full story

Teacher who starred in TV show Educating Yorkshire is banned from the classroom for life after having sleeping with two former pupils

A secondary school teacher who starred in Channel 4 series Educating Yorkshire has been banned from the classroom for life after admitting to having sex ... Full story

Ray Mears AXED from caravans event after slamming them as 'hideous' and 'ghastly'

TV survival expert Ray Mears has been axed as a speaker at a motorhome exhibition after slamming caravans live on air.The outdoor enthusiast had been ... Full story

Which nations have the highest obesity rates?

You might think the U.S. is the most obese nation in the world - but if you do, you are wrong.  Soaring rates of obesity ... Full story

Tributes to Leon Brittan as he dies of cancer aged 75 - while Westminster STILL awaits launch of sex inquiry

Controversial former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died, his family confirmed today.The Conservative peer passed away in his London home last night aged 75 after ... Full story

Mother pays tribute to her 'beautiful daughter' as young British tourist dies 'of natural causes' on Koh Tao island

The devastated mother of a British backpacker who died while travelling in Thailand has paid tribute to her 'beautiful' daughter.Christina Annesley, 23, from Orpington in ... Full story

Sex attacker caught after victim bit off his TONGUE

A sex attacker has been locked up after one of his victims bit off his tongue, which was later used to provide vital DNA evidence.Ferdinand ... Full story

Comment on: London 2012 Olympics: Sophie Christiansen wins third gold medal in equestrian

Rate this article

0

Featured author

Robert Livingston

Breaking News

Nasa's New Horizons probe to start taking pictures of Pluto

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft, which has travelled three billion miles in nearly nine years in its journey to Pluto, is expected to start taking pictures ...

Lost Dog Sylvia found drowned: Search ends for Shiba Inu whose owner chartered a helicopter and received support from around the world

A lost dog who became the subject of an unprecedented online campaign has been found drowned. Owner Janice Bannister chartered a helicopter and set up a ...

Fighter jets scrambled following bomb threat to passenger planes on Twitter

Fighter jets were scrambled to escort two passenger planes to an airport in Atlanta, Georgia after bomb threats were made on Twitter on Saturday. The passenger ...

Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost

Rowan Atkinson might have successfully driven a car by sitting in a comfortable armchair strapped to its roof rack as Mr Bean, but the comedy ...

Ukip's Nigel Farage hits back at defecting MEP Amjad Bashir and tells Tories 'caveat emptor' – buyer beware

Nigel Farage has hit back at defecting MEP Amjad Bashir over claims that Ukip had become no more than a “vanity project” for its leader. Appearing ...

Grayson Perry reveals eccentric bonnet 'acts as ear trumpet' as his hearing deteriorates

Eccentric potter Grayson Perry is nothing if not practical. The Turner Prize-winning artist who attends parties as his alter-ego Clare - a teddy-loving lady with ...

Russia blocks UN Security Council statement condemning shelling of Ukrainian city that killed 30

Russia has blocked a UN Security Council statement, backed by Western powers, condemning the shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol that killed 30 civilians ...

Isis hostage video: Japanese PM says 'outrageous' execution of Haruna Yukawa is likely to be genuine

A video that appears to show the body of one of two Japanese citizens held hostage by the Isis militant group has a “high” chance ...

Ukip senior official Matthew Richardson says 'bigots deserve representation' and calls NHS the 'biggest waste of money in the UK'

Ukip is facing fresh embarrassment over comments made by one of its members, who has said that bigots "deserve representation" and condemned the National Health ...

Suspected Boko Haram militants attack city of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants began attacking Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri just after midnight on Sunday, military, government and local sources said. At around 9 ...