By Tom Degun in Singapore
August 20 - Carian Scudamore claimed equestrian gold at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games here as part of a five-person European team in a day that saw Britain win three medals in impressive fashion.
Scudamore led the way with her team victory in the equestrian while swimmers Rachael Kelly and Ellie Faulkner both picked up bronze medals.
Scudamore rode victory alongside fellow Europeans Martin Fuchs of Switzerland, Wojeiech Dahlke of Poland, Valentina Isoardi of Italy and Nicola Philippaerts.
The team finished ahead of silver medalists Australasia and bronze medalists Africa.
While the medal is not recognised as a Team GB medal due to that fact that the team contained four non-British members, Scudamore will still return home with a gold medallist.
The 17-year-old from Wales, who was arguably the European team’s strongest performer, said: "It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to have won the gold medal, especially as I’m such good friends with the European guys."
The only downside for Scudamore is that the horse assigned to her, Mighty McGyver, had injury troubles heading to the event and now looks as though he will not be able to make the individual event.
This means that Scudamore will have to be assigned a new horse and will have just one day to get used to it ahead of the first round of the individual event on Sunday (August 22) which will put her at a huge disadvantage against the other competitors who have got use to their animal.
She said: "The only bad thing is that my horse has gone lame now and so that is going to make it really difficult in the individual.
"We are not sure exactly what is wrong with him yet but he is not going to be able to compete because I wouldn’t want to do him any more damage because he is a great horse.
"I was feeling really confident but it is going to be really hard now.
"The reserve horses are not that great and I won’t have any choice which one I get it will just be drawn out of a hat.
"It’s a real shame but to have one gold medal already is an amazing feeling."
Meanwhile, Britain were strong in the pool at the Singapore Sports School where both Kelly and Faulker finished on the podium.
Kelly (pictured) was first to claim a medal as the 16-year-old, who was competing in her third event of the week following her participation in the women’s 50 and 200 metres butterfly, picked up bronze in the 100m butterfly in a time of 1min 00.26sec.
Kelly actually finished the race in fourth place but was promoted to third after Italy's Elena di Liddo was disqualified.
She said: "I had been saying all week that I was waiting for the 100m final so it feels amazing to get a medal.
"I haven’t swum spectacularly well throughout the week but I have been improving and so to have got a medal feels amazing."
Faulker followed her British compatriot by picking up bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle in 4:14.31 although she had been tipped for gold heading into the race after she had qualified fastest.
The 17-year-old said: "I am feeling fine; I have got a medal at the end of the day so I have to be happy with that.
"I just didn’t get going in the final which is disappointing but I have a medal so I have to be happy."
Including Scudamore’s gold medal, Britain now has a total of five medals with the team having already picked up victories in taekwondo and rowing.
British tennis player Oliver Golding is set to add to that tally as he and partner Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic are through to the gold medal match of the doubles and a therefore guaranteed at least a silver.
The match was due to take place today but has been delayed due to heavy rain.
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