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    Germany retained the gold in the Olympic equestrian's team eventing on Tuesday, with Britain beating New Zealand to silver in an exciting finale.

     

    Germany retained the gold in the Olympic equestrian's team eventing on Tuesday, with Britain beating New Zealand to silver in an exciting finale.

    Michael Jung and Sandra Auffarth went clear to cap a confident performance and secure victory with 133.70.

    A single-penalty round by Tina Cook was enough to take silver for the British with 138.20, ahead of New Zealand, which managed only 144.40.

    "I am really proud and there will be a party later," Jung said before the start of the individual competition, which he went on to win.

    "I was quite nervous (today). It is a long way from the warm-up area to the ring, and the nearer you get to the ring the more nervous you become. But once I am in there, I am focused."

    The New Zealanders' Mark Todd, competing in his seventh Olympics, knocked a fence down and registered three time penalties to allow Cook the luxury of a penalty.

    He put the lack of a gold down to his inexperienced horse, Campino.

    "The team came here hoping for a medal, yes gold would have been great, but we have to be very happy with a bronze."

    Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and teammate Nicola Wilson both had fences down in their runs for Team GB.

    "I messed up at the start but I told myself I had to get on with it," Phillips said.

     

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