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Golden boys: Team Maher's Olympic triumph in images

Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Tokyo Olympic Games

We look back at Ben Maher and Explosion W's magnificent night at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park, where the two jumped to the gold medal for Great Britain. 

Behind all the success Maher and Explosion have experienced over the last years, is of course a tremendous team effort and the British rider did not hesitate to give his groom Cormac Kenny a big hug after securing the Olympic gold medal. "My groom Cormac Kenny, he has been with me a long time – we don't mention him very often – but he is a big part of the team and takes incredible care of Explosion," Maher said at the press conference. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. No reproduction of these images is permitted. 

With the British flag in hand, ready to celebrate!

The golden boys: Ben, Cormac and of course Explosion!

A special bond...

"He just has a huge stride, a very sort of flat canter when I open him up, and I don't have to slow down to jump the jumps – the jump kind of slows him down, if you like. I have never ridden a horse that I can ride in the jump-off like the jumps almost aren't there and he responds even better to that pressure. It’s something you can't train a horse, he is just very, very intelligent," Maher said of Explosion W's extra gear against the clock.

A look at the score board...

That moment when Ben Maher realizes he is Olympic Champion!

Selfie-time with the one and only ring master Pedro Cebulka.

A call home to...? We guess fiancée-soon-to-be-wife Sophia Gracida!

Reigning European Champion Martin Fuchs congratulates Olympic Champion Ben Maher. 

The Olympic Champions!

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