Australia’s Christopher Burton continues his dominant pace towards gold with a flawless cross-country test. The 34-year-old exhibits excellent knowledge of pace and use of his horse on Pierre Michelet’s four-star course where many riders struggled today. Burton sits at the top of the leaderboard with a total of 37.60 penalty points.
Michael Jung makes an astonishing climb back to the top of the leaderboard today after a stellar cross-country performance. Jung, Burton, and Astier Nicolas are the only riders to complete Michelet’s course without accumulating penalty points. Jung holds the No. 2 spot with 40.9 penalty points.Unfortunately, Germany’s team imploded in today’s events, so Jung will have to keep up his dominance in hopes for an individual gold.
France’s Astier Nicolas is hungry for a title after losing his top five rated performance on day two of eventing. Astier climbs the leaderboard from the No.11 spot to the No.3 spot after a much needed perfect cross-country test. Austier is determined to take home gold in his debut Olympic appearance. Austier holds the No.3 spot with a total of 42.00 penalty points.
New Zealand’s Mark Todd displays a near perfect cross-country performance, adding 2 penalty points to his score for a time violation. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking to add his third at 60 years-old.
The comeback of the day goes to Americans Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin. Dutton and Martin perform near perfect cross-country tests with minimal time penalties. Dutton jumps from the No. 11 spot to the No.5 spot with a combined penalty score of 46.80. Martin’s star performance takes him from the No.35 spot all the way up the No.6 spot with a combined penalty score of 50.9. Unfortunately, Dutton and Martin will have to compete against each other to earn a title since America can no longer compete as a team.
Australia refuses to accept anything less than a gold title. The team is determined to recover from their unfortunate London appearance. Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths claim top 10 spots on the leaderboard after exhibiting phenomenal cross-country performances. Australia takes the No. one spot with a combined team score of 150.30 penalty points.
Mark Todd’s and Mark Johnstone’s top 10 performances help carry New Zealand up to the No. 2 spot with a combined score of 154.80 penalty points. The team must have two individual members end the competition in top 10 spots in order to bring home the gold.
The French drop the No.3 spot on the leaderboard after being outperformed by Australia and New Zealand. The team still remains close in the running for gold but must rely on Nicolas and Mathieu Lemoine to exhibit stellar performances in their third phase of eventing. The team has a combined score of 161.00 penalty points.
Germany, the reigning gold champions, fall apart in the cross-country competition. Michelet’s course gave riders a true test that many had difficulty tackling. Sandra Auffarth and Michael Jung held the team high after day two with top 5 performances, but Auffarath falls to the No. 20 spot behind teammate Ingrid Klimke after accumulating jumping and time penalties.
Russia and the United States are no longer teams after the cross- country event. Each team’s two remaining members will continue to compete individually.
Eventing will continue tomorrow, Tuesday Aug.8 at 9:00 am ETS. The morning session will serve as team jumping finals and the individuals who hold the top 25 spots will compete for individual Olympic glory in the second round of jumping.