Byrne just misses out on a medal

Mon, Sep 3, 2012, 01:00

Equestrian:Ireland’s Eilish Byrne finished fourth as Britain’s Natasha Baker won her second gold medal of the Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park today in the Grade II freestyle class.

Baker on Cabral set a Paralympic record score of 82.800%. 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 today and tomorrow 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.

But 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 Byrne fourth out of 19 competitors.

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