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Britain top of dressage leader board

Carl Hester gave Great Britain a strong start today in their quest for a first Olympic dressage medal.

The 45-year-old, who is riding in his fourth Olympics, scored 77.72% on Uthopia, the highest score of the opening seven-rider session at Greenwich Park.

Great Britain's Carl Hester riding Uthopia competes in the Team and Individual Dressage Grand Prix at Greenwich Park. Credit: PA Wire

He was joined at the top of the leader board by Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer, who is currently in second place after scoring 76.839%.

Britain are the reigning European team champions, and their trio of Hester, Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin have an outstanding chance of Olympic gold.