Rio Olympics: Final Day of Equestrian Eventing0
If I could only use one word to sum up the Olympic Eventing, it would be “wow”. Yes, the Olympics are supposed to be hard and show off the best of the best but it could be argued that this was one of the toughest Games since Sydney 2000. In fact, EquiRatings ran the numbers and the cross country course in Rio was the toughest course in modern eventing history!!
After dressage, GB William Fox-Pitt was at the top of the leaderboard (which was awesome to see following his huge injury last year), followed by Australian Chris Burton and Mathieu Lemoine from France.
There was lots of carnage on the cross country course but thankfully nothing fatal. Only three horse and rider combinations managed to jump the course clean in the optimum time allowed. You know the course is tough when even some of the top riders are bumped out of medal contention due to falls or refusals. Leader after dressage, William Fox-Pitt had a run out at the ski jump (jump #20). This jump caused trouble for a number of riders including Swiss rider Felix Vogg who had his second of three refusals here and Polish rider Pawel Spisak had a very scary fall here but both horse and rider were up quickly.
Riders also had issues at the water jump due to the awkward angles. Unfortunately, Canadian rider Kathryn Robinson was eliminated for three refusals. Rebecca Howard, Colleen Loach and Jessica Phoenix went on to compete for the team medals with the show jumping round.
In the show jumping phase, Rebecca Howard jumped clean, Colleen Loach had one rail and Jessica Phoenix had one rail as well. With her clean round Rebecca was able to advance to the individual medal final, where she unfortunately had one rail.
Final Eventing Results
Gold – France
Silver – Germany
Bronze – Australia
Gold – Michael Jung (Germany)
Silver – Nicolas Astier (France)
Bronze – Phillip Dutton (USA) – his first Olympic medal!
Canadian overall standings: Canada finished 10th overall in the team standings; Rebecca Howard finished 10th in the individual medal race.