Team GB strike gold in Olympic team eventing

Team GB have won eventing team gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The British equestrian team last won the event in 1972, and it is Team GB’s eleventh gold medal of the 2020 Games.

The 62-year-old Andrew Hoy led the Australian trio to silver having first competed at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984. France, who won the event in Rio in 2016, claimed bronze.

The British trio of Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen had gone into Monday’s final round in a commanding lead, with Oliver Townend also ahead in the individual standings.

First to jump on Monday was 30-year-old McEwen on Toledo De Kerser, who went clear. Collett on London 52 took one fence down on her run, picking up four penalty points, but she rallied to go clear for the rest of her course. Townend was the last of all the riders to go, knowing that he effectively had a four-fence cushion, provided he incurred no time penalties. In the end he took down one fence, to secure Britain’s first victory in the event for 49 연령.

The individual medals will be decided later on Monday, with a second round of showjumping scheduled for 12.45pm BST at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo. After the morning’s jumping, Townend is currently second in the individual standings with McEwen third and Collett fifth. Germany’s Julia Krajewski is in the lead.

The eventing competition takes place across three days, consisting of a dressage test, a cross-country round, and a jumping round. The Swiss team competed in the final day using alternate rider Eveline Bodenmüller on Violine De La Brasserie, after Robin Godel’s Jet Set had to be put down after sustaining an injury in the cross-country on Sunday.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio British riders took two golds in the equestrian sports, with Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro winning the individual dressage, and Nick Skelton on Big Star in the individual show-jumping, but secured no medals in the eventing.

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