British Paralympian wins his first silver in the London 2012 games in the individual dressage event
Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has won a silver medal at London 2012.
Winning the second prize at the dressage this afternoon (1 September), the Briton and his horse Gentleman were pipped to the post by Australian Joann Formosa who made his Paralympic debut.
Pearson came top of his category (Ib), just, on Thursday (30 August) but was hampered by poor weather conditions.
But winning the preliminary meant the 38-year-old stood an unassailable advantage over the other competitors.
One of the most successful Paralympic athletes of all time, Pearson was hoping to win his 10th gold in his Paralympic career.
Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a rare disorder meaning his muscles grew like scar tissue in the womb, leaving his limbs twisted.
In a preview for the London 2012 games, he said: ‘My own life makes me laugh. Even though the disability is the most obvious thing you can see, I am actually so lucky I have been born with a talent.
‘My awful sense of humor makes me focus on whether my hair is in place than what my arms and legs are doing.’
On Monday (3 September) Pearson will go for his 10th gold medal. If he wins two, this would put him on par with Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete of all time, wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Pearson is one of only two openly gay athletes competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The other is another British Paralympian, sitting volleyball captain Claire Harvey.