TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES - Eventing Cross-Country


2021/8/2 17:56



TOKYO, August 2, 2021, /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/--


Townend is back on top and Britain holds onto lead after Cross Country day by

Louise Parkes


World number one, Great Britain's Oliver Townend, regained the individual lead

he established on the first day of the Dressage phase with a perfect ride on

Ballaghmor Class on Cross Country day of Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic

Games Tokyo 2020 at Sea Forest today. And with foot-perfect performances from

team-mates Laura Collett (London 52) and Tom McEwen (Toledo de Kresker), the

British team go into tomorrow's final Jumping phase with four fences in hand

over their nearest rivals.


Snatched away


His individual lead had been snatched away by Germany's Michael Jung yesterday

morning as the Dressage phase drew to a close, but the double Olympic champion

lost his grip on the top spot today when triggering the frangible device at the

corner element of fence 14, the Lone Tree Moguls, on an otherwise faultless

tour of the track with Chipmunk. The German National Federation lodged a

protest against the resulting 11 penalties immediately after the cross country,

but the protest was dismissed by the Ground Jury.


German pathfinder Julia Krajewski made no mistake with Amande de B'Neville,

however, and goes into tomorrow's final phase in silver medal spot. But the

German team have dropped from second to sixth and look well out of medal





In stark contrast, both Australia and France enjoyed a superb day with

spectacular performances that lifted them into silver and bronze medal spots.

Lying sixth after Dressage, the Australians added just the 2.8 time penalties

picked up by Kevin McNab and Don Quidam when both Shane Rose (Virgil) and

Andrew Hoy (Vassily de Lassos) both kept a clean sheet.




The French are defending the Olympic team title, but things hadn't been going

their way until today when Christopher Six (Totem de Brecey) added just 1.6

time penalties to his scoreline, Nicolas Touzaint (Absolut Gold) were just over

the time-allowed of 7.45 minutes to add 0.4 and anchorman Karim Florent

Laghouag (Triton Fontaine) was clear inside the time. On a running score of

97.10, they are just over a single penalty point adrift of the Australians when

the action resumes tomorrow, trailed by New Zealand (104.00) in fourth, USA in

fifth (109.40) and Germany in sixth (114.20).








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