Boyd Exell wins World driving title

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Boyd Exell wins World driving title
Boyd Exell wins World driving title

 Australian title defender Boyd Exelcontinued his success at the FEI World four-in-hand Driving Championships in Riesenbeck , Germany, where he won individual gold after strong performances in all three phases of the competition.

Runner-up Chester Weber from USA won individual silver, the bronze medal went to four times World Champion IJsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands.

The Dutch team won the gold medal for the third consecutive time, ahead of host nation Germany in silver and the bronze medal went to the USA.

Fifty competitors from 19 nations took part, with the marathon day attracting a crowd of more than 15,000 spectators.

Boyd finished second in the dressage, just 0.38 penalty points behind Chester Weber.

Boydl drove the same team as at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Kentucky

"I made zero mistakes and I was happy with a lot of things in my test. I was disappointed with my score, but the reward for me has been the overwhelming support from the other drivers," he said.

Boyd Exell was delighted by his win: "I am very happy with my gold medal. Everything went according to plan this weekend, from the horses to the people and the carriages, it all worked out. The difference between winning in Riesenbeck and Kentucky is that this medal doesn’t cost as much money!

"It was very nice to win at the WEG and it is nice to win in Europe. The German public is very strong and knowledgeable; they let you know when you do something wrong and also when you are putting down a good performance.

"My sponsor and horse owner Tamas Vincze was thrilled and so were my parents, who came over from Australia to support me. My sister Lisa who lives in Australia has been getting up at two in the morning to follow my performances on the internet and I really enjoy all their support."

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Final Individual results:

1) Boyd Exell (Aus) 122.01

2) Chester Weber (USA) 130.80

3) IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 131.29

4) Theo Timmerman (NED) 133.70

5) Christoph Sandmann (GER) 136.96

Final team results

1) Netherlands 256.17

2) Germany 271.18

3) USA 289.11

4) Sweden 289.32

5) Hungary 300.39

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