Equitation: Sweden, champion in team jumping, Argentina finished seventh


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Equitation: Sweden, champion in team jumping, Argentina finished seventh

Sweden became the new Olympic champion in the team show jumping competition, beating the United States in the final tiebreaker at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park.

The Nordic trio, which returned their country to an Olympic podium that had not been climbed since Athens 2004 (silver) and which had not been gold in this competition since Paris 1924, confirmed with their victory their status as a clear contender for victory after to have been the best the day before in the classification.

If on Friday he led the table with a zero, in the final he concluded with eight penalty points. Henrik von Eckermann, with ‘King Edward’ was the only one who completed the round in white, since Malin Baryard-Johnson, with ‘Indiana’, Peder Fredricson, with ‘All Inn’, runners-up in the individual competition, committed a knockdown.

The United States, which had not stood out in excess in the previous one, equaled with the Swedes. Laura Kraut, with ‘Baloutine’, signed a zero, and Jessica Springsteen, with ‘Don Juan van de Donkhoeve’, and McLain Ward, with ‘Contagious’, raised the team’s counter to 8 penalty points and forced the tiebreaker.

None of the six members of both teams had any knockdown again in the fight for gold, which was decided in favor of Sweden by adding a better time. The 122.90 they accumulated gave them victory, as the United States team finished their runs in 124.20.

The bronze medal went to Belgium, who concluded their participation with 12 penalty points, after Pieter Devos’s four, with ‘Claire Z’, and Gregory Wathelet’s eight, with ‘Nevado S’. Jerome Guery, with ‘Quel Homme de Hus’, was decisive for third place by scoring a zero. The Netherlands had to settle for fourth place with 17.

Argentina climbed to seventh place with 49 places, benefiting from the problems that several of the favorites had with the retirements of some of their horses. It happened to defending title France, Germany and Great Britain.


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