Olympic Champion- Ben Maher Prepares For His Next Event At London For The Global Championship

Published 08/12/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Individual – Medal Ceremony – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Gold medallist Ben Maher of Britain rides his horse Explosion W as he celebrates. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis


After stealing the show at Tokyo Olympics in the Equestrian category, Ben Maher has plans to enter the Global Championship in London.

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Ben’s past feats

Benjamin Richard Maher MBE is a British showjumper. Earlier, he has represented Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 European Championships in Windsor, 2012 London Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics and the then 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He won a gold medal for the team jumping event at the London Olympics with Team GB. It was their first team jumping gold medal after 60 years!

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Maher clinched bronze at the 2011 Europeans Championships in Madrid, Spain. He has won several international Grand Prix. These include- Olympia Grand Prix, the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead and an FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at Wellington with various rides.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Individual – Medal Ceremony – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Gold medallist Ben Maher of Britain rides his horse Explosion W as he celebrates. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Ben Maher at the Tokyo Olympics

The showjumper sailing from Britain won gold in the individual showjumping in the Equestrian category at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Definitely, it was a petrifying jump-off, with three other Swedes in the top five.

Peder Fredricson from Sweden on All In retained his individual silver medal. The Netherland’s Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville Z won bronze on an all-male podium. Perhaps, for a sport in which women and men compete on equal terms, it was indeed a tough fight!

He grew wings for me… He’s a real athlete, he’s not a normal horse,” Maher, after having his back operated last year, said of his gelding.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Jumping – Team – Qualification – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 6, 2021. Ben Maher of Britain on his horse Explosion W competes. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Ben Maher’s next event to prepare for

The Olympic champion is already on his next step to achieve greater heights. Alongside his teammates, Maher will take part in the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). The ninth leg of the 2021 tour will take place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from Friday to Sunday (13-15 August), featuring riders from 18 countries.

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Fellow Britishers including John, Robert and Ellen Whitaker, Emily Moffitt and Laura Renwick will accompany Ben Maher, Holly Smith, Harry Charles and Scott. Apparently, the gold medallist Swedish team comprising Henrik von Eckermann and Peder Fredricson will be there. Also, the team winning a silver medal from the US with Laura Kraut will be there too. Last, Belgium’s bronze medal-winning riders Pieter Devos and Gregory Wathelet will also compete in the same tournament.

Winners of the grand prix will proceed for the LGCT super grand prix at GC Prague Playoffs in November. If the winner has already met the qualification criteria, the ticket will move down the road. Although, Ben and Scott have already qualified.

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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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