GREAT Britain's Charlotte Dujardin won individual dressage gold with a record score to cap a golden Olympics for the hosts' equestrians at Greenwich Park yesterday.
Charlotte beat Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands with Laura Bechtolsheimer, also of Britain, taking the bronze. They were Britain's first ever medals in the event.
Charlotte lived up to her favourite's status on Valegro with a massive score of 90.089 per cent, with Dutch rival Adelinde on 88.196 and Laura on 84.339.
The 27-year-old's show-stealing performance in front of an ecstatic 23,000 capacity-crowd was a new Olympic record, smashing the previous mark of 86 per cent set by Adelinde.
Charlotte's win brought the curtain down on a sensational Games for the British equestrian team.
On Monday their show jumpers led by Nick Skelton won their first team gold in 60 years, followed 24 hours later by Charlotte, Laura and Carl Hester winning an historic team dressage title.
Last week the three-day eventing team, featuring Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, picked up silver behind Germany.
Her mentor, Hester, who came in fifth on Utopia, was thrilled with his protegee's display.
"I have always said she was the gold medal prospect, and he (Valegro) is the best horse in the world," he said. AFP