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Gold glory for Warwickshire showjumper just months after hip operation

Great Britain's (from left to right) Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles celebrate with their Gold medals Photo: PA

Olympic gold winning showjumper Nick Skelton, from Alcester in Warwickshire, has lead his team to success just months after having a hip operation.

Nick, who's 54, rode a flawless round which ended in the showjumping equivalent of a penalty shoot-out, against the Netherlands in today's Equestrian Team Final.

The showjumping arena in Greenwich Credit: PA

Team GB secured victory as Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles rode clear rounds in a tie-break jump-off against the Dutch after the two teams racked up the same number of faults.

The team on the podium with their gold medals Credit: PA

Speaking after grabbing Gold at the arena in Greenwich this afternoon, he said his previous injury has not affected him.

"My hip's great, it's my back that's the problem now. I've got to have it operated on next year."

– Nick Skelton, Olympic Gold Medal winnner

The last time a British team won an Olympic gold in showjumping was in Helsinki in 1952.

Skelton added:

"That was brilliant, I'm absolutely delighted, you couldn't get better than that.

"I said just get stuck in, it's a jump-off, let's go and win this. I've waited 54 years for this, it's been a long time coming. I've had a few misses in my time, and finally got there."

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