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Posted by APC Media on 17/09/2016.
Lisa Martin and First Famous in the Team Test
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Martin rides to fourth in Rio Freestyle

Para-equestrian Lisa Martin has capped off her first Paralympic Games with a fourth place finish in the Individual Freestyle Test Grade IV at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The 44 year old scored 72.25% aboard her horse First Famous.

Martin says it was, on the whole, a good ride.

“A couple of little things. She’s still green, but she was still good, so really happy with her.”

Martin of Scone, New South Wales, says she prefers the freestyle event over the Individual Test, where she also secured fourth place.

“It’s got a little bit more to it that we really enjoy doing. This is basically where she’s been training, so it’s great, I love this.”

The Individual Freestyle Test was won by Belgium’s Michele George, with Great Britain taking silver and the Netherlands bronze.

European countries have won the bulk of the medals at the equestrian, and Martin says they compete at such a high standard.

“They’re just incredible. They’re just so seasoned. They’ve been doing it for years. We started in January and we’re still getting used to coming back from where I was training.”

Martin says her debut Paralympics has been amazing.

“It’s been a great experience and I’d love to do it again.”

APC Media


17 September 2016 1am

Lisa Martin has wrapped up her #Rio2016 Paralympic Games campaign with a fourth place finish in the Grade 4 Individual Freestyle.

It was Martin's third successive fourth place finish at Rio after the 44 year old finished fourth in both the Team Test and Individual Championship.

Riding First Famous, Martin achieved a score of 72.250 per cent to finish the Individual Freestyle behind gold medallist Michele Geoge of Belgium who rode to a strong 76.300 per cent. Sophie Wells of Great Britain took silver while Frank Hosmar of The Netherlands won bronze.   

Martin's performance is the last for Australia at the Olympic equestrian centre at Deodoro at Rio 2016.


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