Show Jumping Thrills and Spills0
Once again, the final round of the show jumping proved to be a nail biter.
In the first round Canada’s Yann Candele had 12 faults and was not able to move on to the final jump off. Tiffany Foster had one rail down. Normally the top twenty riders get to come back for the jump off but because so many riders had 4 faults, the jump off field was a large 27 riders.
German veteran Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum went right through the first jump and retired after taking her second fence. Given her experience at this level, was it the heat getting to her and her horse or is she showing us that she is mortal and can still be affected by the pressure?
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 went clear (as they have every round of the show jumping so far!). That horse shows lots of scope and is fast so hopefully we can expect to see more great things from her!
In the jump off (which was proving to be difficult with riders taking rails left, right and centre, 6 riders managed to go double clear and would do another jump off to determine medal placing.
Foster had an unfortunate 12 faults and Lamaze went clear yet again. The 6 riders competing for medals were Great Britain’s Nick Skelton, Sweden’s Steve Guerdat, Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Al Thani (at his first Olympic games!), USA’s Kent Farrington, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, and Canada’s Lamaze.
Video of Lamaze’s final round: https://www.facebook.com/equestriancan/videos/1363291773700526/
Final results: Nick Skelton (GB) – Gold; Steve Guerdat (SWE) – Silver; Eric Lamaze (CAN) – Bronze