The dressage win is Charlotte Dujardin’s second gold of London 2012 and the Union Jack waving crowd gave the 27-year-old a thunderous round of applause as she was crowned the Olympic individual freestyle champion.

Dujardin is the fourth British female athlete to win double gold at one Olympic Games, joining Dame Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Laura Trott.

Breaking her third Olympic record of London 2012, Dujardin sailed to gold with a score of 90.089%.

Dujardin’s mother, who brought her daughter up in Enfield, told the BBC: “All the pressure was really on her. I’m so proud, it’s unbelievable. When my mother died I knew I had to use the money I inherited to buy Charlotte a horse. She could make a donkey do anything!”

Dujardin’s gold medal is Britain 23rd of London 2012.

Fellow Team GB rider Laura Bechtolsheimer had already guaranteed Britain an individual medal with a score of 84.339 per cent for her test and in the event she brought home a bronze medal.

Speaking after the test Bechtolsheimer said of her horse: “I was hoping Alf [Mistral Hojris] would come home with a medal today for that performance. He is 17-years-old and he has given me so much.”


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