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Rio 2016 Olympics Equestrian: Eventing day three and four recap

As the eventing comes to a close, here's a recap of the final two phases and medalists of the event.


The eventing portion of equestrianism in the Olympics is officially closed, so here’s the scoop on the riders who came out on top. Day 3 of eventing, Monday, saw the cross-country phase of the event, while Tuesday wrapped things up with jumping.

 

Day 3

Individual

Chris Burton, Australia
Burton performs a picture-perfect cross-country, completing Pierre Michelet’s course with ease while other competitors faced considerable challenges. Utilizing his horse and extensive experience with pace, Burton sits at the top of the leaderboard with 37.6 penalty points.

Michael Jung, Germany
After some unforeseen trailing, Jung finds himself soaring back to the top of the boards after an impressive cross-country performance. He joins Burton and Nicolas as one of only three riders to complete Michelet’s course without penalty, and has logged a total of 40.9 total points.

Astier Nicolas, France
Nicolas works hard to climb from number 11 to the number three spot after a flawless cross-country test. This is his Olympic debut, and Nicolas seems very determined to take home a gold medal and currently has 42 penalty points.

Trailing the top three, New Zealand’s two-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Todd earned two penalty points for a time violation during the cross-country test. Americans Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin displayed astounding comebacks, with Dutton bouncing from number 11 to number five with a penalty score of 46.8 and Martin improving from number 35 to number six with 50.9 points. Since America is no longer able to compete for the team gold, Martin and Dutton will have to face off with each other for individual medals.

 

Team

Australia
Chris Burton and Sam Griffiths are a huge help to Australia as they bounce back from London’s lackluster performance. Griffith and Burton are both in top ten positions after spectacular cross-country performances and the team has a combined score of 150.3 penalty points.

New Zealand
The two Marks are carrying New Zealand to greatness, as their top ten positions and lovely cross-country tests propel the team to second place. New Zealand has a combined score of 154.80 penalty points.

France
Outdone by Australia and New Zealand, the French hang on in the number three spot thanks to fierce competitors Astier Nicolas and Mathieu Lemoine, and are looking for fantastic performances from the two in phase three. Overall, the team has 161 penalty points.

Germany, the reigning gold champs, basically died in the cross-country portion of the competition, with Auffarth falling to the number 20 spot after suffering from time and jumping penalties. The US and Russian teams are no longer with us either, and remaining riders will continue to compete on an individual basis.

 

Day 4

Individual

Michael Jung, Germany
Michael Jung took home his second gold medal in eventing on 16-year-old Sam following two clear rounds in the show jumping phase. He was the favorite for eventing (and widely considered the best eventer ever), so we can’t say we are surprised.

Astier Nicolas, France
With 48.0 penalty points, Astier Nicolas of France took home silver, becoming his alma mater Hartpury Equine Academy’s first degree graduate to win an Olympic medal.

Phillip Dutton, United States
Coming in for the bronze, American Phillip Dutton on Mighty Nice earned a total of 51.8 penalty points.

 

Team

France
Taking home their first Olympic gold in Rio (and first team eventing title since 2004 in Athens), France earned the champion title after a tense show jumping final, bouncing up two places from the cross-country phase. Thankfully for France, Australia and New Zealand had some riders knock down rails. “We’ve been waiting a long time to bring the French flag back to the top,” said Astier Nicolas, as reported by Reuters.com.

Germany
Kissing goodbye their hopes of a three team-title streak, Germany placed second overall and took home silver. Michael Jung put forth an admirable effort, posting a clear round with no penalties, but his flawless performance just wasn’t enough.

Australia
And taking home the bronze, we have Australia. The team needed a flawless final round to earn a gold medal, but Chris Burton on Santano knocked over two fences while jumping. Due to the loss of Shane Rose, Australia didn’t have the luxury of omitting their lowest score out of four.

Rio 2016 Olympics Equestrian: Eventing day three and four recap

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