Nick Skelton: Gold medal defies age and broken bones

The Telegraph reports that Olympic showjumping gold medalist Nick Skelton was once injured so badly that doctors warned another fall from the saddle would kill him.

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Team GB's Nick Skelton Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

He has also had a hip replacement and two knee operations. Skelton, 54, yesterday became Britain’s oldest gold medallist for more than 40 years.

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GB close in on Beijing gold haul

Team GB is just one gold away from matching its 19 gold medal tally at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after the showjumping team won an Olympic gold medal for the first time in 60 years and cyclist Jason Kenny won the men's sprint.