Tokyo 2020 - Oliver Townend says Team GB is in for a 'big celebration' after winning gold in the team eventing
Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen praised each other and their horses after Great Britain won gold in the team eventing at Tokyo 2020. The British trio claimed the gold by a canter in Japan. "There'll be a big celebration. I don't think it'll be with a cup of tea," Townend said. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
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The 31-year-old was riding in Japan eight years after suffering spine, shoulder and rib fractures and Collett was full of praise for her horse.
"I look back and I think back to where I was eight years ago, I knew I was lucky to be alive, let alone able to do the job that I love and be lucky enough to have a horse like London 52 to bring me to a place like Tokyo," she said.
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"To top it off with a gold medal, I'm just super grateful to be on a team with these two guys as well.
"It's been an unbelievable week, roll on the celebrations."
Laura Collett of Team Great Britain riding London 52 competes during the Eventing Jumping Team Final and Individual Qualifier on day ten
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McEwen was the only one of the British trio to put in a clean final round and is the youngest on the triumphant team. With the long wait for a gold in team eventing over, he hailed the team ethos that fired them to Olympic victory: “We've put in many, many hours to get to where we are now and it's all paying off.
All the work we've put in, we've come together as a great team this week and we know we're on phenomenal horses.
"We're super excited to have got the job done."
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