Therese Nilshagen och Dante Weltino har överträffat alla förväntningar under EM.
FOTO: ROLAND THUNHOLM

Fina svenska ritter i küren

2017-08-26

Alla tre svenska ryttarna slutade på Tio-i-Topp i dressyrens avslutande kür. Det blev dubbelt tyskt i toppen och dansk bronsmedalj.

Sveriges stora överraskning under veckan Therese Nilshagen hade hoppats på ett bra resultat, men att det skulle gå riktigt så bra som en femteplats hade hon inte vågat tro. 80,41 procent och nytt personbästa igen.
- Min häst är i väldigt bra form, och han är så duktig. Publiken är fantastisk och ger oss massor av energi.

Patrik Kittel-Delaunay5 170826 RTPatrik Kittel på Delaunay trivdes med Ullevi-publiken. Foto: Roland Thunholm

Patrik Kittel och Delaunay slutade nia.
- Jag älskar det, det händer en gång i livet att man får rida här med den här publiken, säger Patrik. - Jag är supernöjd med honom även om han kändes lite trött idag.
Fyra svenskar kvalade till küren och de tre som startade slutade alla bland de tio bästa. Patrik är lyrisk över EM-veckan i Göteborg. - Först och främst lagbronset men också de fina placeringar vi alla haft idag.

Tinne Vilhemson Silfvén-Paridon Magi2 170826 RTTinne Vilhemson Silfvén red sitt tionde EM. Foto: Roland Thunholm

Tinne Vilhelmson var också nöjd med sin häst Paridon magi som slutade på en tionde plats.
- Han har varit fantastisk hela veckan. Idag ville jag kanske lite för mycket, jag försökte för mycket så han blev lite osäker. Det är en fantastisk känsla att rida i den här arenan.

Dressyrpublik1 1780826 RTDressyrpubliken var stor och entusiastisk och klappade i takt i sluttet av programmen. Foto: Roland Thunholm

Det var kanske ingen större överraskning att Tysklands Isabelle Werth bärgade dressyrguldet, men hon var tätt följd av sin unga landsman Sönke Rothenberger på Cosmo.

Sönke Rothenberger är sannerligen ett namn för framtiden. Ytterst lite skilde honom från suveräna Isabelle Werth i lördagens kür. Werth fick 90.982 % och Rothenberger 90.614.

- Jag går in på banan för att visa det som jag och min häst tränat på, inte för att konkurrera med någon annan egentligen. Och idag kunde vi visa det väldigt bra. Cosmo är en gnistrande karaktär, går med öronen framåt hela tiden - han ger mig ofta gåshud faktiskt, säger silvermedaljören.

Även domaren Annette Fransen Iacobaeus blev känslosam.
- Jag är väldigt nöjd med vad vi fått se här, många väldigt harmoniska hästar. Det ger även mig gåshud.

Isabell Werth-Weihegold-ärevarv1 170825 RTIsabell Werth vann EM-guld, om än inte långt före sin landsman Sönke Rothenberger.Isabelle Werth själv hade tårar i ögonen under prisutdelningen.

Werth öste beröm över sin häst Weihegold OLD.
- Hon kändes med, vaken och lösgjord, jag kunde be henne om precis det jag ville. Hon gjorde inga misstag, hon var briljant idag.

Trea kom Danmarks Cathrine Dufour på Atterupgaards Cassidy.

Resultat

Från FEI

 

26 August 2017

 

Werth wins ferocious battle for Dressage Freestyle gold

 

 

 
 
 

Compatriot Rothenberger pushes the legend to the limit; Denmark’s Dufour boldly takes bronze

by Louise Parkes

Isabell Werth (45) secured her third Dressage gold medal of the week when topping today’s individual Freestyle at the Longines FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. But she had to pull out all the stops to pin German team-mate Sonke Rothenberger (22) into silver medal position while, mirroring the result of yesterday’s Grand Prix Special, Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour (25) took bronze.

Multi-medalled Werth was under no illusions about the quality of the performance she needed to produce. 

"We all pushed each other today. When I went in, both Weihe and me knew there was no little mini-mistake allowed, and that made it very exciting!"

Isabell Werth GER 

That’s because Rothenberger is on the rise, producing stunning rides from his 10-year-old gelding Cosmo all week, joining Werth to take team gold on Wednesday, and then chasing her home in yesterday’s Grand Prix Special to finish just over a mark behind. Sweden’s Therese Nilshagen, fourth yesterday, produced the first over-80% score of today’s competition with the stunning stallion Dante Weltino before Britain’s Carl Hester and Nip Tuck fractionally improved on that to change the lead. But when Dufour, third-last to go, posted 84.560 with Atterupgaards Cassidy the real battle commenced.

Rothenberger is a young man on a mission, oozing confidence and pzazz. Mastering the most difficult movements with the greatest of ease, he marched down the final centreline to throw down a massive score of 90.614 which really put it up to his compatriot. 

But Werth thrives under pressure, and she had her game face on as her Freestyle music began. Weihegold listened to her all the way, producing a flawless performance that the crowd really enjoyed. But the tension on the German rider’s face as she waited for her mark to light up the scoreboard said it all. She knew it was going to be dangerously close. 

“I was really hoping it would be good enough because Weihe was a good as she could be, it was her best test so I was happy and hoping it would be enough - and it was!” she said, having edged ahead by just 0.368 marks. In fact all three medallists produced personal-best Freestyle scores today. 

Werth, who also steered Weihegold to victory at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Omaha (USA) in April, couldn’t hold back the tears on the medal podium. “I was full of adrenaline when I went in to ride, so it’s a mixture of all the emotions you have during the week - I’m really grateful and thankful for what this week has brought me” said the lady who has experienced more golden moments in her extraordinary career than any other athlete in the history of equestrian sport. 

Rothenberger looks like a real threat to her supremacy however. Holding his silver medal this evening he said with a smile, 

"If you look closely, it’s silver with a golden edge!"

Sonke Rothenberger GER

Tonight however Werth remains the queen of all she surveys, her latest golden haul still just another good week at the office. It’s exactly 10 years since she first took European Freestyle gold at La Mandria (ITA). That was with another of her super-star rides and, looking at her final medal of the week tonight, she said, “Satchmo would be proud!”

 

Freestyle Individual result:

1. Weihegold OLD (Isabell Werth) GER               -    90.982 

2. Cosmo (Sonke Rothenberger) GER                 -    90.614

3. Atterupsgaard Cassidy (Cathrine Dufour) DEN  -  84.560

 

FULL RESULTS

 

 

Sonke Rothenberger GER (silver)

 

Talking about his attitude to competition and his horse, Cosmo:

"I don’t go into a test thinking of what others can do and then try to be better. I go into the test trying to show in the ring everything we practice outside and today was really a day where we made a plan and we trained outside in the warm-up, and today was a day when he gave me back exactly what I was asking for and that’s just what I do it for. He is a character of a horse and I just love him the way he is, he has this shiny edge and with his ears to the front he does the most difficult movement and I get goosebumps every time!” 

Replying to a question about the Dutch connection in his family:

“Maybe there’s a slight touch of orange to this medal!”

Cathrine Dufour DEN (bronze)

 

"Cassidy was more calm today he really did everything he could, and I knew I had to be no 1 when I left the arena because I knew these two were coming. So I was really happy when I saw my score at the bit-check, and I knew these two would really ride for their lives and I’m very very happy!" 

 

 

Facts and figures/event or series information

  1. 15 horse-and-rider combinations from 7 nations competed in today’s finale to Dressage at the Longines FEI European Championships 2017 in Gothenburg, the individual Freestyle.
  2. Winning rider Isabell Werth’s score of 90.982 was just short of the record European Dressage Freestyle score of 91.250 set by Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at the 2013 edition in Herning, Denmark.
  3. Isabell Werth and Sonke Rothenberger were both on the the gold medal winning German team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  4. Werth and Weihegold took individual Olympic silver in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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