Equestrianism - Vilhelmsson-Silfven victory highlights longevity

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfven's victory in Stockholm at the weekend served to highlight the Swedish dressage rider's longevity in the sport.

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfven

Vilhelmsson-Silfven, who won the Swedish World Cup qualifier, has been competing at the highest level for more than 20 years.

She has participated at six Olympic Games - every edition since Barcelona in 1992 - and rode at seven European Championships and four World Cup finals.

The Swede has a knack of being there or thereabouts - in the World Cup final she came in ninth, she was 11th at the London Olympics, sixth at the 2007 European Championships and is currently 15th in the world rankings.

Despite her consistency, she is yet to win a title, which would turn from a good outsider to a great rider and a favourite in the main competitions.

That statistic could be about to change though, with the Swede clearly comfortable on her home ground - and this year's World Cup final to be held in Stockholm.

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