Germany wins gold in Olympic equestrian team event

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Zara Phillips of Great Britain rides High Kingdom as she competes in the equestrian eventing cross-country stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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LONDON (AP) — Germany has won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in equestrian team eventing, beating out hometown favorite Britain with Zara Phillips riding before her royal family.

Britain won the silver and New Zealand the bronze.

Princes William and Harry and William's wife Kate were in the stands to cheer on their cousin Phillips and the rest of the British squad. But Phillips and British teammate Nicola Wilson knocked down rails, dashing Britain's chances for gold.

Eventing combines the discipline of dressage with the endurance of cross-country and skill of show jumping.

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LONDON (AP) — Zara Phillips has completed the team show jumping portion of her Olympic equestrian debut, knocking down one fence and incurring a slight time penalty but finishing among the top riders midway through the competition.

Riding High Kingdom, Phillips incurred four penalty points on the second jump Tuesday but completed the rest cleanly, albeit a bit over the 83-second limit. The crowd gasped when the rail came down but applauded warmly as she finished.

Princes William and Harry and William's wife Kate were in the stands to cheer her on as Britain contends for a medal in the three-discipline equestrian eventing.

Her score on Monday's cross-country helped move Britain into second place in the team standings behind Germany. Sweden was third.

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