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|Victory for the Dutch at WEG 2002|
21 September 2002
There were double celebrations in the Netherlands camp after the conclusion of the World Equestrian Games Driving discipline.
Dutch driver Ijsbrand Chardon led from start to finish to win his third Driving World Championship title. He finished the competition on a score of 134.30 penalties.
The last driver to go in the Obstacle or "Cone driving" phase of the competition Chardon, with less than a two point lead over his nearest rival, kept his nerve to gallop home fast and clean. Ecstatic with his performance the Dutchman reached around to hug his groom as the announcer confirmed his win.
It had been close right to the end, with very little separating the top three drivers. But the cones had little effect on the final standings, with Christoph Sandman of Germany maintaining silver and Tomas Eriksson from Sweden winning bronze.
It was a double gold for Chardon, with his score propelling the Dutch Team to Gold medal position. The American Team of Tucker Johnson, James Fairclough and Chester Weber finished strongly to take team Silver. The German Team of Michael Freund, Rainer Duen and Christoph Sandman took bronze.