Birthday gold for Jung

Michael Jung during his gold medal winning routine.

Germany’s Michael Jung celebrated a golden 30th birthday today, taking home both team and individual gold in the close-fought Olympic eventing contest

The world and European Champion produced two flawless and commanding rounds on mount Sam in the final phase of the multi-discipline competition that tests horse and rider across dressage, cross-country and jumping.

Team mate Sandra Auffarth, riding Opgun Louvo, took bronze.

Britain emerged with team silver in front of a roaring home crowd hungry for a chance to see royal Olympian Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth.It was a day of mixed fortunes for Britain.

Mary King went into the final round in third but had two rails down and dropped to fifth while Kristina Cook, also in contention in fourth, fell to sixth after two knockdowns.

Phillips jumped a confident clear in the individual, vaulting her to eighth spot from 14th going in.

Prince William and his wife Kate, Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall and brother Peter Phillips were all on hand to cheer Phillips as she cleared the last fence and gave her mount, High Kingdom, huge pats of approval.

Phillips’s mother Princess Anne, a fellow eventer who rode for the British team at the Montreal Games, hung the medal around her daughter’s neck and kissed her on both cheeks.

“When you get one of these put around your neck… you realise everything was worth it,” Phillips said.

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