Johannesburg - Philippa Johnson won her second gold medal and SouthAfrica's seventh when she took gold in the individual freestyle testequestrian event at the Paralympic Games on Wednesday.
Her freestyle routine at the Hong Kong equestrian arena wowed thejudges, and she ended up taking the individual freestyle test with asparkling performance on Benedict. She scored 77.272 points to wincomfortably from Ann Lubbe of Norway and Georgia Bruce of Australia.
"What an incredible horse," she said afterwards. "I just love Benedict. He dug deep and pulled out all the stops for me."
She won two silvers in the last Paralympics, and wasunderstandably delighted at the improvement. She has been working withher coach Chris Haazen from the Netherlands towards the performance,and, although she lives in Belgium, she was acutely aware of supportfrom South Africa.
"I want to thank everyone at home. It's made history for SouthAfrica and South Africans can now hold their own in the equestrianParalympics," she said.
Her medal took South Africa's haul to seven golds, a silverand three bronzes at the end of the fourth day of the BeijingParalympics which places the country eighth on the table.