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Todd's win: what the papers are saying

April 27, 2011

The Telegraph: Mark Todd was voted "Rider of the 20th Century" when he retired with a bronze medal at Sydney, but the 55 year-old is now running rings around riders of the 21st, winning his fourth Badminton after foot-perfect show jumping on NZB Land Vision.


Mark Todd and Land Vision. © Al Crook

British Press Association: The legendary New Zealand eventer delivered an ice-cool clear showjumping round on NZB Land Vision to shade British London Olympic hopefuls Piggy French and Mary King. [His performance] underlined exactly why equestrian's world governing body named him their greatest rider of the 20th century.

BBC Sport: New Zealander Mark Todd's victory on Monday, his fourth Badminton success in a staggering 31-year period, showed Britain will find it hard to win gold in 2012.

The Daily Mail: An emotional Mark Todd completed arguably equestrian sport's greatest career comeback to win the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and set himself up for possible London Olympic gold.

Stuff: Aboard the striking grey NZB Land Vision, Todd, now the oldest rider to have won Badminton at 55, was a picture of calm as he completed the showjumping phase, needing to go clear as just four points separated the top 12 riders.

Bedfordshire on Sunday: Mark Todd will fly to the United States on Tuesday £60,000 richer and installed as the oldest champion in Badminton Horse Trials history. The legendary New Zealand eventer delivered an ice-cool clear showjumping round on NZB Land Vision to shade British London Olympic hopefuls Piggy French and Mary King.

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