The team of Germany celebrate after receiving gold medals of dressage team final of Beijing 2008 Olympic equestrian events in the Olympics co-host city of Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 14, 2008. Germany won the Olympic team dressage gold medal, their 7th successive Olympic title, in Hong Kong Thursday night. (Xinhua/Zhou Lei)
HONG KONG, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Germany won the
Olympic team dressage gold medal, their 7th successive Olympic title, holding
off a strong challenge from the Netherlands at the Shatin Equestrian Venue
The silver medal went to the Netherlands and the
bronze came to Denmark.
Germany's best three riders finished on 72.916
percent ahead of the Netherlands on 71.750 percent. Denmark secured third place
on 68.875 percent.
Up to now, the Germans have already bagged three gold
medals in the on-going equestrian competitions. They took two gold medals in the
team and individual eventing earlier.
"I was very happy with the canter but had small
hickups in trot and both piaffes were not quite right. Three mistakes make 70
percent. Normally Elvis (the horse) is good for 73 or even 74 percent. They were
only small mistakes, but at the Olympics this is not good enough", Nadine
Capellmann, one of the German team riders, told reporters.
On her horse being distracted, Capellmann said "I
don't know why my horse looked to the side twice. I think something happened on
the left side, and that distracted him."