Dutch rider's tears at Olympic gold

26th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven has defended her Olympic gold medal at the Athens games by winning the individual dressage event on her new horse Salinero.

26 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven has defended her Olympic gold medal at the Athens games by winning the individual dressage event on her new horse Salinero.

She finished first on Wednesday ahead of German Ulla Salzgeber, who had been considered favourite to win the event. Spanish Olympian Beatriz Ferrer-Salat took out the bronze.

After her win, Van Grunsven, 36, of Erp, thanked her deceased father for the gold medal performance, admitting that it was such an emotional moment. "I could only cry," she told news agency ANP.

Van Grunsven's father was her greatest support for many years, devoting himself to his daughter's efforts since she was aged seven. He died in May this year after daughter Anky won the World Championship in Dusseldorf.

The Dutch medal tally at the Athens Games now stands at 19: four gold, seven silver and eight bronze.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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