Nick Skelton made history in more than one way tonight.

(Owen Humphreys/PA)

As well as taking Great Britain’s first individual showjumping gold medal in Olympic history, he also becomes Britain’s oldest medallist since 1948.

The 58-year-old, from Alcester in Warwickshire, is the oldest medallist since John Copley, who took silver in art aged 73. Yes you heard it – art. We didn’t know it used to be sport either.

Skelton’s son Dan posted this heartwarming tweet.

I may be biased but I think this is what a hero looks like. #NickSkelton #mydad

— Dan Skelton (@Dannskelton) August 19, 2016

Skelton and Big Star – his London 2012 team gold medal-winning ride – were among six combinations that jumped off against the clock.

Skelton, competing in his seventh Olympics, set a scorching pace of 42.82 seconds despite being first to go, that no other rider could match.

Only in the Olympics would you cheer for an old bloke on a horse jumping over 'it's a knockout' style obstacles. Great stuff Nick Skelton.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 19, 2016

What an amazing result for Nick Skelton. Finally, he wins individual GOLD 🏅 #BBCRio2016

— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) August 19, 2016

Nick Skelton after all he has gone through gets my vote for #SPOTY … Unbelievable story …

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 19, 2016