Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and horse Chilli Morning’s immaculate performance in the dressage discipline locks the duo into the leading spot at the end of the first phase of eventing. Fox-Pitt is on track to make his fifth Olympic appearance the best of his career with a comeback story of the century. Fox-Pitt holds a penalty score of 37.0.
Australia’s Christopher Burton holds the No.2 spot on the leaderboard falling short behing Fox-Pitt by .60 points. Burton is looking to take home his first Olympic title.
Mathieu Lemoine of France steals eventing legend, Michael Jung’s No.3 spot this afternoon with a 39.20 penalty score.
Eventing’s man to beat, Germany’s Michael Jung drops to the No. 5 spot behind teammate and two-time gold medalist Ingrid Klimke who’s performance wowed the judges and earned her a score of 39.5 penalty points. Could this be the end of what was thought to be his unbeatable run? If Jung wants to continue to make history he will have to excel in next two disciplines. Luckily for Jung his strength is the cross-country round.
Thibault Vallette and horse Qing Du Briot’s four star performance falls to the No. 6 spot on the leaderboard after teammate Mathiew Lemoine and Germany’s Ingrid Klimke give outstanding performances.
Belgium’s Karin Donckers ties with Vallette’s 41.0 score, but lands the No.7 spot on the leaderboard.
Germany makes their way back to the top after the French gave the team a scare the first half of day two. Two- time gold medalist Ingrid Klimke proves that they truly save the best for last as Germany’s top performer. Kilmke and horse Hale-Bob Old please the judges with a display of balance, rhythm and subtleness in each movement. Michael Jung and Sandra Auffarath claim top ten spots as well.
The French are off to an impeccable start in eventing. The team makes its way to the No. 2 spot on the leaderboard after two four star performances from Mathieu Lemoine and Thibault Vallette. Astier Nicolas dropped to the No.11 spot.The team stole Germany’s thunder for the majority of day two, but fell short after Ingrid Klimke’s star performance. France trails Germany by a mere .20 points with a combined score of 122.20.
Australia falls to No.3 after France demonstrated dominant performances this afternoon. The team’s Shane Rose provided a No.12 performance to keep the team from falling out of the top three spots. Rose is looking to compensate the team’s unfortunate story in London. Australia holds a combined score of 126.40.
Great Britain claims a close No.4 position on the leaderboard with a combined score of 127.70. William Fox-Pitt contines to hold the leading position individually with a penalty score of 37 and backup member, Pippa Funnell displayed a No.16 performance, keeping Great Britain highly competitive in the running for a title. Funnell proved her spot on the team today after serving as a replacement for Izzy Taylor whose horse was ruled out of Rio due to injury. The team must excel in the cross-country round to remain a top competitor.
Ireland jumps up two spots on the leaderboard thanks to Jonty Evans and horse Cooley Rorkes Drifts landing a No. 9 spot with a personal best performance in today’s rounds.
As predicted, New Zealand and Team USA remain potential contenders in the running for an Olympic title. The teams are tied for the No. 6 spot with a combined score 137.50. The teams must rely on strong performances and dominances in Monday’s cross-country discipline.
The cross-country portion of eventing will be underway tomorrow, Monday Aug. 8 at 9:00 am EST.