Equestrianism - Werth well worthy of legend status

Isabell Werth, who placed second at the World Cup qualifier in London, is to riding what Zinedine Zidane is to football: a legend.

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Germany's Isabell Werth (Roland Thunholm)

She may have lost out to the young talent of Charlotte Dujardin at Olympia, but the 43-year-old German has written many lines in the modern history of the sport.

Double Olympic champion in 1996 in Atlanta with Gigolo, Werth repeated the feat in 2008, only with Satchmo.

In 2000 she won team gold but had to settle for individual silver after losing out to her greatest rival Anky van Grunsven andBonfire. Indeed, her rivalry with the Dutchwoman over the years inspired a whole generation of dressage riders.

In more recent times Werth has had to contend with the likes of Dujardin and another young pretender Adelinde Cornelissen, but she remains on course to reach April's World Cup final in Gothenburg.

She has only started once in the World Cup this season but has already accrued 17 points, almost half of what she is likely to need to qualify.

And with three qualifiers to go, and one of them in Germany - Neumünster in February - Werth remains on course to book her place in Sweden.

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