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Hester to make Team GB history after Paris selection

Sark’s Carl Hester is set to become just the second British athlete to appear at seven Olympics after his selection for Paris was confirmed.

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Carl Hester during a Team GB kitting out session for the Paris Olympics 2024 at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. (Picture from PA Images)

The dressage star made his Olympic debut in 1992 and will match the achivement of fellow equestrian Nick Skelton when he rides at this summer’s Games.

Hester, who turns 57 this weekend, has three Olympic medals to his name having won team gold at London 2012, and following that up with silver and bronze in Rio and Tokyo.

He forms part of a four-strong dressage team with his protege Charlotte Dujardin hoping to become Britain’s most decorated female Olympian by number of medals if she adds to her career haul of six.

‘I’m delighted that we are fielding the strongest dressage team that we have ever sent to an Olympic Games,’ said Judy Harvey from British Dressage.

‘The strength, depth and experience of all four combinations gives us plenty to be hopeful for.’

The Olympic equestrian events will run from 27 July to 6 August at the historic Palace of Versailles.