London 2012: A perfect round from Zara in cross-country
Zara Phillips continued her quest for an Olympic medal with a highly successful result in the difficult cross-country portion of eventing.
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter finished well inside the time frame with a final result of 9 minutes and 55.11 seconds, to the delight of the cheering crowd. Zara was also one of the few riders to go through the 5.7-kilometer course dotted with 28 obstacles without a single penalty. Her time of 9 minutes, 55.11 seconds — well off the 10-minute, 3-second time limit — was particularly good given that her horse, High Kingdom, lost two shoes during the ride.
Riders were given a task to finish the course in under 10 minutes and three seconds. Before Zara’s run, several riders had fallen and horses slipped as they tackled a tricky course. Zara, however, managed a clean and fast run. Clearly delighted, she pumped her fist in the air in triumph as she finished. The successful day means Team GB is currently in the second position, while Zara also improved her individual medal hopes.
Quite a few of her family members there to cheer on and support her, including the Duchess of Cornwall (who was there both as Zara’s aunt and in her capacity of Patron of the British Equestrian Federation), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie. Princess Anne watched her daughter from the grounds of the course.
Zara put a strong performance yesterday as well, making her Olympic début in the second day of the individual dressage. She scored 46.1 penalty points during her dressage routine, leaving her in twenty-fourth place following the conclusion of the day’s competition.
To read more about Zara’s progress, as well as that of other Royals who are competing in London Olympic Games, visit this thread - Royals Who Are Competing.Filed under British Royals
Tagged Equestrian, Horses, London 2012, Olympic Games, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie, Sport, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, Zara Phillips.