Double Olympic Equestrian Champion Tom McEwen To Now Aim For European Championship

Published 09/23/2021, 11:58 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Eventing – Jumping Individual – Final – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Tom McEwen of Britain on his horse Toledo De Kerser competes. REUTERS/Molly Darlington


The 30-year-old British equestrian, Tom McEwen, is all set to aim for the European Championship, post his triumphant win at the Olympics and world team crowns.

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Tom McEwen is a sensational British equestrian who plays in eventing. Initially, Tom was on the European young rider eventing team in 2010 and 2011. There, McEwen won team gold riding Major Sweep and another team gold in 2011 aboard Private Rudolph.
While competing at the 2018 World Equestrian Games with Toledo de Kerser, he finished 12th individually; But, he won gold for his team. In the following year, the Englishman won the Concours Compete International (CCI) riding Toledo De Kerser.
At the Summer Olympics 2021, the duo swept gold for the team as well as an individual silver. Setting the bar high for Team Britain, McEwen is now eyeing the next tournament.

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Tom McEwen on preparing for the European Championship

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Expressing his optimism for the upcoming matches, McEwen said, “The strength in depth is incredible – it is huge. The horses are fit and healthy, the riders are in form. It is a new team at the Europeans, and you wouldn’t want to bet against them.

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Since the Paris Olympics are only three years from now, McEwen added by saying, “The way the horses are going, they would be quite happy going again in three years’ time. They are fit, well and healthy, and they absolutely love what they do, and now that Team GB has got the gold in team eventing I think people are really going to be striving to do it again.”

Previous feats for Team Great Britain

The team from Great Britain broke a 49-year-old record by claiming the Olympic gold in Tokyo. The team comprised McEwen, Laura Collett, and Oliver Townend. Now, the trio is aiming for the European Championship being held in Switzerland, later this week.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Eventing – Team – Medal Ceremony – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Gold medallists Oliver Townend of Britain, Laura Collett of Britain and Tom McEwen of Britain celebrate. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

The competition will take place only between two countries: Britain (1970-1972) and Germany (2012-2014)–having earlier defended all three titles at the same time. Notably, the three equestrians will not compete with the same horses.

This time, the team will comprise 6 strong contenders which include ruling world individual champion Ros Canter, London 2012 team silver medalist Nicola Wilson, 2016 Olympian Kitty King and 2019 Badminton winner Piggy March.

Even though McEwen has had a successful start, enjoying the fame associated with his triumph last month, he’s all set to take on the major title and rise to glory once again.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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