Olympics 2020: Ben Maher claims Team GB's second-ever individual showjumping gold

Ben Maher won the second Olympic gold of his career on Wednesday, building on his London 2012 team jumping gold. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Great Britain's Ben Maher claimed the second Olympic gold medal of his career as he won a dramatic jump-off in the individual showjumping on Wednesday.

Team GB went 116 years without an individual gold in showjumping, but have now claimed back-to-back titles as Ben Maher follows in the footsteps of Nick Skelton, who took home gold at Rio 2016.

Maher won aboard Explosion W, setting a time of 37.85 seconds in the jump-off to win by just 17 hundredths of a second.

His first Olympic gold came at London 2012 in the team showjumping.

"I am biased but I believe I am on the best horse, he is an incredible horse," Maher said.

"To ride him for Pamela Wright and Charlotte Rossetter is amazing, they kept him for me for this and with that comes pressure, people expect and some comments here or there that I don't pick up on sit in the back of my mind and it finally happened."

The 38-year-old's win on Wednesday was his first Olympic individual title, and he joked about the pressure of competing.

"My fiancee [Sophie] and I, we are getting married in two weeks' time," Maher added.

"I don't know what was more pressure, this or getting married in two weeks but there are so many people who have contributed to make this possible and hopefully we will get home and have a big celebration."