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Golden girl Baker strikes again

Great Britain’s Natasha Baker won her second gold medal of the Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park today.

The 22-year-old, from Uxbridge in Middlesex, took the Grade II freestyle class on Cabral with a Paralympic record score of 82.80 per cent.

Her victory came just 48 hours after she was crowned Grade II individual champion – also achieved with a Paralympic record -, and it gave Britain’s Para-equestrian team a seventh medal of the Games.

Further medals in each of the last four events over the next two days would take them past their record haul of 10 in Beijing four years ago. Baker, who suffers from an inflammation of the spine, faced tough competition from the likes of reigning freestyle Paralympic champion Lauren Barwick and German rivals Britta Napel and Angelika Trabert. However, she rose to the challenge superbly, delivering a high-class musical routine that was a class above anything else.

Napel (Aquilina 3) and Trabert (Arriva-Avanti) took silver and bronze, respectively, with Ireland’s Eilish Byrne fourth.

An elated Baker said: “I am completely over the moon. It was a personal best, a Paralympic record and a gold medal. That’s pretty special.

“I just wanted to come and do my best, and I did. The music suits my horse so well. It is perfect for him.”

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