Nick Skelton just came first in the individual showjumping - becoming Britain's oldest medallist since 1948!


Nick Skelton made history in more than one way tonight.

Great Britain's Nick Skelton has won a gold medal on Big Star in the individual showjumping at the Olympic Equestrian Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil.

As well as taking Great Britain's first individual showjumping gold medal in Olympic history, he also becomes Britain's oldest medallist since 1948.

The 58-year-old, from Alcester in Warwickshire, is the oldest medallist since John Copley, who took silver in art aged 73. Yes you heard it - art. We didn't know it used to be sport either.

Skelton's son Dan posted this heartwarming tweet.

Skelton and Big Star - his London 2012 team gold medal-winning ride - were among six combinations that jumped off against the clock.

Skelton, competing in his seventh Olympics, set a scorching pace of 42.82 seconds despite being first to go, that no other rider could match.

It means that Great Britain's equestrian team finished their Rio campaign with two gold medals - Skelton and dressage star Charlotte Dujardin - plus a silver for the dressage team.