Zara delights 50,000 crowd

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Zara Phillips delivered a stunning performance in front of 50,000 people on her Olympics cross-country debut at Greenwich Park yesterday to keep Great Britain firmly in medal condition.

The 31-year-old former world champion produced a clear round inside the time, completing a course that claimed its fair share of casualties.

Seven of the first 27 combinations fell and were eliminated, but Phillips kept supreme control all the way around a testing track that was very slippery in places.

Her team-mate Nicola Wilson also went clear inside the time aboard Opposition Buzz, while 51-year-old Mary King collected just 1.2 time penalties on Imperial Cavalier.

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