The Irish take Gold with a team of 3!
It was Jumping team gold for Ireland at the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden tonight where Shane Sweetnam, Denis Lynch and Cian O’Connor clinched victory with three superb clear rounds.
Fourth team member Bertram Allen helped out on the sidelines after withdrawing from the competition following a fall from his grey stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve yesterday, but he joined Chef d’Equipe Rodrigo Pessoa on the medal podium as Ireland took the title for only the second time in the 60-year history of these Championships.
Sweden claimed silver and Switzerland took bronze.
Tension was at boiling point as the action began under the bright lights of Ullevi Stadium, with the host nation in pole position ahead of Switzerland while Ireland and Belgium were tied for bronze.
But on a night when the going got tough, the tough really got going and the boys in green were the only side to keep a completely clean sheet.