Ireland Miss Out on Olympics

September 5, 2015

At the World Equestrian Games in Normandy yesterday, (Thursday) Ireland came agonisingly close to grabbing one of the qualification places on offer for the Rio Olympic Games, with the Irish team finishing seventh overall just one place off Sweden, who booked the last ticket on offer to the Rio 2016.

Offaly’s Darragh Kenny opened Ireland’s account with just a single time fault aboard Imothep, while Wexford teenager Bertram Allen returned with just a four fault score with Molly Malone.

A superb clear round by Tipperary’s Denis Lynch with All Star 5 lifted Irish hopes of grabbing one of the Olympic games places on offer, but when the Irish had to discard Mayo’s Cameron Hanley’s nine faults with Antello Z and Sweden’s last rider Rolf Göran Bengtsson jumped clear with Casall Ask, Ireland would finish seventh, less than four faults behind the Swedes.

The Netherlands are the new Team Show Jumping World Champions after taking the Gold medal in Normandy, with the home side France taking silver and the United States edging out Germany for Bronze.

Three Irish riders have made it through to Saturday’s semi final of the Individual championship, with Denis Lynch best placed in 19th, while Bertram Allenis just one spot behind in 20th and Darragh Kenny is in 24th.

American rider Beezie Madden tops the standings with Cortes C,  with top four riders following Saturday’s competition going forward to Sunday’s World Championship Medal decider, where all four riders will ride each others horses.

The Irish team will have one final opportunity to qualify for Rio, at the European Championships in Germany next year.