Second silver for Sophie Wells

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 16:15 BST

Great Britain's Sophie Wells won her second silver medal of the Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park on Tuesday.

Sophie Wells celebrates with her silver medal.

Wells, a member of the gold medal-winning British dressage team, produced a personal best score of 81.150 per cent aboard Pinocchio in the Grade IV freestyle.

It was not enough for the title, though, as Belgium's Michele George and Rainman eclipsed them with her own personal best 82.100 per cent.

The result was a repeat of the Grade IV individual championship two days ago, while Holland's Frank Hosmar and Alphaville claimed bronze.

Wells' medal took the British tally at Greenwich to nine, one behind their Paralympic record of four years ago, and there are two events still remaining.

Deb Criddle has an outstanding medal chance in Grade III freestyle, and Sophie Christiansen will bid for her third gold of the Games in the Grade Ia equivalent.

Wells, 22, had been fired up to avenge her defeat on Sunday, but it was not to be as George - 15 years her senior - did just enough for double gold.

"I had to take some risks today to have a chance of beating Michele," said Wells, who is from Newark in Nottinghamshire.

"Some of the risks paid off, some of them maybe didn't, but I am absolutely thrilled with my horse. He has coped like a star with the atmosphere.

"You win some, you lose some. You have got to come back fighting, and I loved it in that arena. It has been an absolute dream to compete here.

"I had a small mistake in one of the tempo changes, which affected my last halt, but I have come here and got three personal bests with my three rides."

Wells, the reigning world and European Paralympic champion who has competed successfully in non-disabled competitions, now hopes to compete Pinocchio at grand prix level next year.

"There is life after London, and we are next on to Rio in four years' time, although I don't know how we will quite be able to top London.

"I suppose I am slightly disappointed because we did come here for gold, but to come away with two silvers and a gold and make a big contribution to the team medal is amazing."

(resending as 3 PARALYMPICS Equestrian, originally sent as 2 PARALYMPICS Equestrian Lead)

Criddle delivered the record-equalling 10th medal when she took silver in her freestyle section.

As in the individual championship, Germany's Hannelore Brenner dominated, winning gold on Women of the World after scoring 81.700%.

Taunton-based Criddle, though, finished second with LJT Akilles after posting a consistent 78.550%.

It was the 46-year-old's second runner-up finish in two days, adding to her team gold.

Denmark's Susanne Sunesen won the bronze medal with Thy's Que Faire, finishing 5% behind Criddle, who is competing in her fourth Paralympics.

"This has been the best Games I've ever done," Criddle said.

"I am so honoured to have been here - words cannot describe the feeling - and we will never forget these Games.

"Being part of ParalympicsGB has been inspirational. You can only be lifted even more to do your personal best each time you ride.

"To have medalled in all grades this time with our five riders is fantastic. It's such a good feeling.

"I think we will have a little rest now, and then get back to work, preparing for the Europeans again next year and the whole cycle of competitions."