Charlotte Dujardin becomes most decorated British female Olympian ever after winning dressage bronze

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Charlotte Dujardin becomes most decorated British female Olympian ever after winning dressage bronze

Charlotte Dujardin has become the most decorated British female Olympian ever after winning bronze in the individual dressage.

She scored 88.543 with her new horse Gio to secure the third-place prize at the Tokyo Equestrian Park on Wednesday.

The medal is Dujardin's sixth in the Olympics, surpassing Katherine Grainger's record of five, which she had equalled with another bronze in the team final on Tuesday.

Reflecting on her achievements after the competition, she said: "It's just so surreal.

a person riding a horse in front of a building: Dujardin's bronze came after another in the team final on Tuesday

"People say it, and I can't quite believe it. Being level with Katherine Grainger was good enough, and now I have beaten her. It's incredible, and I can honestly say I am proud of myself."

Dujardin, 36, came third to Germans Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Isabell Werth who won gold and silver in the individual competition respectively.

Her teammate Carl Hester, who was competing in his sixth Games, missed out on the medals in eighth place, while Charlotte Fry finished 13th.

Dujardin now has three Olympic golds, one silver and two bronzes to her name.

a group of people wearing costumes: Carl Hester (centre), Charlotte Fry (right) and Charlotte Dujardin (left) with their team bronze medals

She was vying to become the first British woman in history to win three golds at three consecutive Games, having coming first in the dressage in London and Rio.

But despite an impressive performance, her hopes of the top prize were dashed when von Bredow-Werndl got an unbeatable score of 91.732.

Dujardin's bronze came after further Team GB glory in the early hours of Wednesday, with a gold in the men's 200m freestyle relay.

Swimmers Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards finished 0.03 seconds off the world record at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Commenting after the win, Scott said: "It's really special with these boys. Matt in third was so composed and the boys up front executed the race plans really well. So close to a world record in the end - if anything I'm a bit gutted." 

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