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Jump off for Medals at Olympics

Hong Kong. All three individual show jumping medals at the Olympics were determined by jump offs. The Show Jumping individual Olympic medals are determined by a two round competition. After three qualifying rounds, two of where were the Show Jumping team competition, the top 35 riders qualify for the individual championship. Although all four U.S. riders qualified for the individual championship, the rules state that each country can only have a maximum of three riders in the individual competition. Beezie Madden edged Will Simpson by just one fault. However, with a gold medal around his neck for his clear jump off ride in the team competition, Simpson cheered for his team mates in the individual competition.

Ten riders managed clear first rounds over the course designed by Steve Stephens and Leopoldo Palacios, including Beezie Madden (USA) and Eric Lamaze (Canada). McLain Ward posted four faults, and Laura Kraut had eight faults.

In the second round, Lamaze jumped another clear round, as did Rolf-Goren Bengtsson (Sweden). While six riders managed clear second rounds, only Lamaze and Bengtsson were fault free for the two rounds and tied for the gold medal.

Madden dropped to a seven way tie for the bronze medal when Authentic just tipped a rail in the triple combination. Ward’s clear second round put him in the seven way tie for the bronze medal as well.

Lamaze stood on the top of medal podium after jumping off against Bengtsson, who settled for silver. Madden had the time of the night in the bronze medal jump off. Authentic is notoriously quick, and she borrowed Ward’s track over some decorative bushes in order to shave a turn. Although Sapphire caught the final rail and the pair had to settle for sixth, Madden left up the final fence and her time of 35.35 gave the American another opportunity to stand on the Olympic medal podium.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Germany) finished fourth and Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil) was fifth. Ward (USA) was sixth, Ludger Beerbaum (Germany) was 7th, and Marc Houtzager (Netherlands) rounded out the top eight.


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