Team GB riders produce strong final day in showjumping

Team GB riders produce strong final day in showjumping

09 August 2016 / 17:59

Team GB equestrian riders finished in fifth place in the Eventing Team competition with a total score of 252.1 following a strong final day in the showjumping.

Four superb rides from Gemma Tattersall, Kitty King, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt saw them take just four penalties jointly between them.

The impressive final day however was not enough to secure a place on the podium following a disastrous day in the cross-country on Monday where all four Team GB riders picked up penalties during their round.

Fox-Pitt, who dropped from gold medal position to 21st place following an error on the brutal cross-country course, recovered well on the final day to score 67.40 in the showjumping with no penalties.

The result secured Fox-Pitt a second run in the individual event where he landed an identical score to claim a respectable 12th place but the 47 year old from Sturminster Newton admitted he was disappointed to miss out on a medal after leading the event.

“I did jump well today and it was really great to finish on a good note after yesterday,” said Fox-Pitt.

“With a bit more luck, we would’ve been right up there but we just didn’t have that luck with us.

“Sport is something where you need that bit of luck and we just didn’t have it. It is the same in every sport.

“Our sport is a very up and down sport and we had a down day yesterday.

“It was very expensive and very disappointing because it cost us dearly.

“On the positive side, we have a very strong team and we have had a fantastic time in Brazil.

“We have fantastic support from Yogi Breisner (Team Manager) and many others so I think today was rewarding for our whole team out here and back home.

“We have an exciting future with our young riders and young horses and with a bit more luck, we will do very well in the future and that may well come in Tokyo in four years.”

Elsewhere in the individual event, Pippa Funnell finished 26th, Kitty King 30th and Gemma Tattersall 41st.

Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner added: “We came to Rio with a very exciting team. 

"Unfortunately things didn’t quite go to plan yesterday but we were delighted with the way the horses jumped today which secured us a fifth place in the team competition.
"Three of the horses in the team are still relatively young and are very exciting for the future.”

Next up in the equestrian is the dressage competition that starts tomorrow with Team GB double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin set to be one of the big medal contenders to watch out for.

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