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Nic Ladds 7th Aug 2012 - 11:36

'Comeback King' Skelton 9/4 for individual Showjumping gold

Great Britain on Monday won a first Olympic showjumping gold medal in 60 years and another top podium place for Team GB could be captured tomorrow when the Champions line up in the individual competition - spearheaded by Nick Skelton.

Skelton, aged 54, is a true icon in the world of equestrianism.

He has dominated the sport in a long career which has seen him in and out of retirement due to numerous life-threatening injuries - including breaking his neck in two places while preparing for Sydney 2000.

The showjumping legend has won a host of top accolades in European and World Championships and taken part in a monumental five previous Olympics, but London 2012 could see a first individual medal for Nick at this premier level.

After a supreme team triumph against the Netherlands, Skelton is a hot 9-4 favourite with bookmakers William Hill to see individual gold aboard his horse Big Star.

Nick's teammates Ben Maher and Scott Brash will also be gunning for an individual medal of some sort, with Maher quoted at 8-1 and Scott Brash a 28-1-shot in our Olympics betting markets.

William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "At the very scene which saw the eventing team headed by Zara Phillips secure silver, the Greenwich Park roof was raised yet again when the showjumpers went one better. Nick Skelton and Big Star look in the form of their lives and we're confident they can deliver again on the world stage"

Nick Skelton was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to equestrian sport.

Individual Equestrian: 9-4 Nick Skelton (GBR), 7-2 Marc Houtzager (NED), 6-1 Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), 8-1 Ben Maher (GBR), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), 10-1 Daniel Bluman (COL), Marcus Ehning (GER), 12-1 HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud (KSA), 22-1 Ramzi Al Duhami (KSA), 25-1 Alvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto (BRA), Gerco Shroder (NED), Paul Esterman (SUI), Pius Schwizer (SUI), Rich Fellers (USA), 28-1 Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE), Scott Brash (GBR), 33-1 BAR

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This is a first Olympic showjumping medal since 1984 when Tim Grubb, Steven Smith and John and Michael Whitaker won silver in the team event.

The last gold medal for Great Britain came at Helsinki in 1952.


Jennie Prest - Tel: +447740735464 or jprest@williamhill.co.uk
Kate Miller - Tel: +447725446317 or kmiller@williamhill.co.uk
Lucy Rhodes - Tel: +447714395651 or lrhodes@williamhill.co.uk
Richard Thomas - Tel +447718697081 or richardthomas@williamhill.co.uk

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