Tight
at the
Top

17 August 2016

Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands and USA all tied for the lead...

...on a zero score after the first round of Team Jumping yesterday with France trailing by just a single time fault going into today’s second-round medal decider. 

 

Amongst the seven teams that did not make the cut were the defending Olympic champions from Great Britain, not helped but a disastrous round from John Whitaker who had an uncharacteristic 23 faults with his mare Ornellaia, it’s all over for the British contingent.

 

Americans were done and dusted. Farrington wasn’t getting too carried away however. “Quite clearly our hopes are to be in contention for the top, but you never know what to expect - we take it one round at a time,” he said wisely. 

  
"It is never easy to be the lead-off rider.
But that was my duty.
Mission accomplished!"
  

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum...

...and her fabulous grey, Fibonacci, were only called up from the reserve bench at the last minute but are showing they are perfectly entitled to their spot in the German side when posting another spectacular clear along with world and European double-champion, The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam (Zenith).

 

Brazil will only have a three-man side when the action resumes today, as Barcha has been disqualified along with Ukraine’s Cassio Rivetti for a rule infringement.

A total of 49 horse-and-rider combinations go through to today...

...including defending individual Olympic champion and Swiss team member Steve Guerdat who had a double error today with Nino des Buissonnets.  “I rode energetically to the water jump because there were a lot of mistakes there and perhaps I over-motivated him and it led to the mistake at the next fence. But tomorrow is another day and a new course, and anything can happen”, he said.

Text by Louise Parkes & Paul Stretton

Photography by Richard Julliart/FEI