Showjumping pressure mounted for King

12:03 10 August 2012

Mary King with her groom Jodie Summers back home in Devon with her Silver medal from the London Olympics. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 9921-32-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Mary King with her groom Jodie Summers back home in Devon with her Silver medal from the London Olympics. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 9921-32-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

So how did King keep her nerve for the team showjumping when, with Nicola Wilson and Zara Phillips having had a fence down each, she HAD to go clear?

She said:” I had to get a clear, I couldn’t afford a mistake. William Fox-Pitt had gone clear and Tina Cook and I needed the same.

“I tried to pretend it was just training. It went ok. Archie was a bit nervous and jumped a bit flatter than he normally does but thank goodness he was clear. I was just so relieved. Then, once out of the arena, I leapt off Archie and shot back to watch Tina who was amazing and also went clear. She was so under pressure. We were so close to the Germans but we could have ended up with no medals at all as the teams behind us were so close.

“You just think ‘if this had gone better, if that had gone better’ but in the end the Germans were better than us!”

To win an individual medal Phillips, King and Cook had to jump again in the afternoon. A clear from Phillips moved her up the order but King and Cook had a fence down and disappointingly moved out of the medals that had been so tantalisingly close.

King added: “It’s the closing ceremony on Sunday, they want all the medal winners there and that will be the end of the big ‘whoosh’ that has been the 2012 London Olympics!”

Related articles

More from Exmouth Journal

Yesterday, 18:30
The original script to Ron Delderfield's All Over the Town play.

The grand climax of Exmouth’s writing competition is this Saturday (April 30) at the Blackmore Theatre in Bicton Street, staring at 7pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:38

Exmouth Town entertain title-chasing Bodmin Town (3pm) looking to build on their excellent midweek win at Cullompton, writes Steve Birley.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
George Nightingale is facing a battle with the council over alterations made to the inside of his premises Spoken on the Strand gardens. Ref exe 17-16SH 2276. Picture: Simon Horn.

An Exmouth councillor has called on district planners to reconsider a ruling which could force a town centre café/bar to close.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
County Hall in Exeter.

An Exmouth man died from a cancer connected with exposure to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:56
Gliders ready to take to the skies to enjoy some of the best weather conditions to date for members of the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club members were able to enjoy some of the beat weather to date this year last weekend and the cross-country pilots, in particular, made the most of it, writes Jill Harmer.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Peter Gill

The droll comedy of Bob Newhart and the biting satire of Tom Lehrer are being celebrated in a show at Topsham’s Matthews Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 7.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32
Graham Booker. Picture: Irving of Exeter.

A Sidmouth churchwarden, found guilty of pushing over an 85-year-old pensioner and kicking him as he lay on the ground, has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31
P1055-10-10TI Point 2 Point at OSM.; photo Terry Ife

The curtain comes down on Exeter’s season next Tuesday (May 3) when the winner of the prestigious intermediate point-to-point final will be crowned, writes Donna Harris.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:26

A headteacher who apologised to parents when pupils believed role-play was real has defended her tactics.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:16
Exmouth Business Awards evening. MP Hugo Swire has a go at the tables with chair of Chamber Of Commerce Ian MacQueen. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0288-18-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

After hours of deliberation by the judges, the shortlist for the Exmouth Business Awards 2016 has now been announced.

Read more

Daily Newsletter

Don't miss a story

sign up to Exmouth Journal's
FREE daily newsletter


Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C



Most read

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Streetlife


Search for a job in Exmouth




Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Search for a car near you

Find planning applications


Follow us on Twitter