William Fox-Pitt takes a bronze to give GB some consolation in Malmo
William Fox-Pitt won the 17th major medal of his stellar career to salvage some consolation success for Great Britain at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships.
Fox-Pitt’s individual bronze behind runaway winner and defending European champion Michael Jung – Jung’s German colleague Ingrid Klimke was second – lifted a British team reeling from its worst performance at European level since 1993.
The quartet of Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Pippa Funnell and Lucy Wiegersma finished sixth as London 2012 gold medallists Germany secured a second successive European team crown. Host nation Sweden took silver and France bronze.
British team medal hopes were destroyed during Saturday’s cross-country phase after Funnell collected 40 penalties and Wiegersma was eliminated when she fell from Simon Porloe.
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Although Fox-Pitt, riding Chilli Morning, and 2009 European individual champion Cook on Miners Frolic then stylishly jumped clear inside the time, the damage had been done.
Fox-Pitt was second overnight, but one showjumping fence down aboard his 13-year-old stallion dropped him to third, while Cook’s four faults saw her finish 13th.
It was 44-year-old Fox-Pitt’s third European individual medal, following six European team gold and a bronze, three Olympic team gongs and four World Equestrian Games medals, including individual silver and team gold in Kentucky three years ago.
And there is no let-up for the world number two, who heads to Lincolnshire later this week in pursuit of a seventh title at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
“I came here with the expectation of winning an individual medal. If Chilli was on good form, I knew he could, and if he wasn’t, then he wasn’t,” Fox-Pitt said.
“He certainly met my expectations. I am delighted with him, he has come here and won me a medal.
“We came here with hopes to win a team medal, and naturally we are disappointed. We’ve been very fortunate to be part of strong teams for so long when things have gone right.”