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Silver went to Team USA while Germany won out in a thrilling two-way jump-off against Canada for the bronze.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the French who have endured a series of setbacks, including the withdrawal of Simon Delestre’s horse, Ryan, who was injured and then a night in the veterinary clinic for Penelope Leprevost’s mare Flora de Mariposa after the pair took a fall in Sunday’s first qualifier.
...but it was three German clears, from Ahlmann, Michaels-Beerbaum and Deusser, that clinched it. “We always knew there was a high possibility of a jump-off” said Michaels-Beerbaum, “we all fought very hard for this medal today and we are very grateful to have it.”
Text by Louise Parkes
Photography by ©FEI/Richard Julliart & Eric Knoll
Back in the winner’s enclosure, Kevin Staut reflected on how his team managed to turn it around in a week when nothing seemed to be going their way. “Maybe the problems helped to make us fight more and more” he said. And how it feels to be crowned Olympic team champion? “Really proud - to be French, to be a rider and to be a gold medallist!