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Rio 2016 Olympics Equestrian: Eventing day one and two recaps

Germany continues to dominate as the first phase of eventing comes to a close.


Today concluded the dressage portion of eventing in the Olympics – so which nations came out on top? In case you missed all the action (it’s not hard to do with spotty equestrian coverage on TV and online), here’s a brief recap highlighting the top performers from the past two days.

 

Day 1

Individual

William Fox-Pitt, Great Britain

With a very impressive performance, Fox-Pitt and his horse Chilli Morning test a 37.0 penalty score to lead the pack. Even more staggering, Fox-Pitt was induced in a coma after a serious accident only ten months ago. Talk about a comeback!

Christopher Burton, Australia

Just trailing behind Fox-Pitt by .60 points, Burton and horse Santano II continue to fight for a title and comeback from a lackluster performance in London.

Michael Jung, Germany

Favorite Michael Jung finds himself in third after his first test, scoring 40.90 penalty points. Not far behind the leading two, Jung is attempting to be the third Olympic equestrian individual eventer ever to win back-to-back gold medals.

Sandra Affarth, Germany

Helping Germany to top the leaderboard, Affarth falls to fourth place by the end of the day. She was the individual eventing bronze champion in 2012’s London games and is the current World Equestrian Games champion.

 

Team

Germany continues to rule eventing, something equine sports enthusiasts should be familiar with after the country dominated London four years ago. With a combined score of 82.5, the team welcomes back three medalists from 2012 as Jung and Affarth hold down the number three and number four spots, respectively.

Australia claims the number two place with a combined score of 83.90. Fueled with ammunition in riders Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths, the country anticipates strong performances from Stuart Tinney and Shane Rose to maintain their position.

Great Britain, France, New Zealand, and USA are all in the running for titles. Seventh place USA looks forward to solid performances from Laura Kieffer and Phillip Dutton as Great Britain relies on Pippa Funnel for a strong ride to propel them forward on the leaderboard.

 

Day 2

Individual

William Fox-Pitt, Great Britain

In a heartwarming and unlikely success story, Fox-Pitt grinds out a stunningly beautiful ride to steal the top spot as the dressage portion of eventing comes to a close. Boasting a penalty score of 37.0, Fox-Pitt’s fifth Olympic appearance is looking up (possibly one of the strongest of his career), and I’m flabbergasted by the sheer dedication this rider has displayed to make his comeback.  

Christopher Burton, Australia

Still .60 points away from Fox-Pitt, Burton clings to the number two spot as he continues to work hard to earn his very first title.

Mathieu Lemoine, France

In a twist of events, Lemoine pulls the rug from underneath the legendary Michael Jung, stealing his third place position with a penalty score of 39.20.

Ingrid Klimke, Germany

Pushing Jung further back to number five, teammate and two-time gold medalist Ingrid Klimke showed out with an impressive ride, earning 39.5 penalty points. This may very well be the end of the road for Michael Jung as he attempts to make history with back-to-back gold medals. Stay tuned during the next two disciplines to discover whether strong performances can compensate for his shortcomings in dressage.

 

Team

Germany still leads with 122.0 penalty points, but are we even surprised? Klimke on Hale Bob stands out with 39.5 penalty points, Jung on Sam earned 40.90, Auffarth on Opgun Louvo has 41.6, and Julia Krawjowski on Samurai du Thot earned 44.80. To all you newer equine sport-watchers, remember that Krajowski’s score was discarded as the lowest score on a four-person team. Here are the other top teams to beat:

France – 122.2 penalties

Australia – 126.4 penalties

Great Britain – 127.7 penalties

Rio 2016 Olympics Equestrian: Eventing day one and two recaps

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