Paralympian Sophie Wells bags Lincolnshire’s second gold in Rio

Paralympic dressage star Sophie Wells from Lincoln has won a gold medal in Rio, adding to her achievements in 2012.

The 26-year-old equestrian competitor, who was born and studied in Lincoln, was victorious in the dressage grade four individual championship test.

Riding on her horse Valerius, she scored 74.875% to beat Belgium’s Michele George and Netherlands’ Frank Hosmar.

The medal win was one of three golds in 15 minutes for Great Britain.

Dressage is a routine of moves on horseback set in time to music, all chosen by the rider.

Sophie suffers from Amniotic Band Syndrome. Her condition affects her feet, ankles and hands, and has resulted in the loss of a few of her fingers.

She won team gold and two individual silver medals in the 2012 Paralympics.

Her achievements were honoured on her return with a gold postbox on Exchequergate.

Local Paralympian Sophie Wells with her gold postbox in uphill Lincoln.

Local Paralympian Sophie Wells with her gold postbox in uphill Lincoln.

Earlier this week, fellow Lincolnshire Paralympic athlete Hollie Arnold won a Paralympic gold and broke a world record in javelin.