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Hearn’s Olympic debut 60 years in the making

11 August 2016

EQUESTRIAN: Dressage rider Sue Hearn has made her Olympic Games debut at age 60, becoming the second oldest Australian to do so after sailor Harold Brooke competed for Australia at age 61 at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

After Australia drew first in the team’s event, Hearn and her horse Remmington had the honour of being first to go in Wednesday’s Grand Prix.

“It felt good being first out and it’s done now. I’m happy that we’ve done it,” said Hearn. 

“It felt wonderful getting dressed this morning and to be wearing the Olympic rings. It felt very special.

“It was such a thrill to put the uniform on this morning.”

Hearn rode to a score of 65.343 per cent and admits to a few mistakes, but she was happy with the test overall.

“He was a little bit wanting to have a look at things that were around but overall I was really happy with him, it was a big atmosphere,” Hearn said.

“I wish I hadn’t make the mistakes in the flying changes, they were costly.”

Hearn bought her horse Remmington (stable name Lloyd) when he was a foal and together the pair have climbed the ranks.

“He was born in our town. He’s very much home bred, not just from Australia but also from where I live. It’s a big deal,” Hearn said.

“I’m very proud, he’s a good little horse and I love him dearly.”

Mary Hanna will compete for Australia later today Rio time (2.57am AEST Thursday) and when she takes to the arena she, too, will break a record as she becomes Australia’s oldest competing Olympian at 61 years and 253 days (8 months, 9 days), surpassing Bill Roycroft at Montreal in 1976 (61y 128d).

Michelle Cook

olympics.com.au

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