In an unbelievably exciting final day of London 2012 Eventing in Greenwich Park, there wasn’t a seat edge that wasn’t swung off or a nail that wasn’t bitten!
Against the jaw dropping skyline of the city, William Fox-Pitt rode a stunning double clear with the aptly named Lionheart; whilst British team trailblazer Nicola Wilson with Opposition Buzz rolled one pole but jumped inside the time. Zara Phillips had a an unfortunate rail and time penalties in an otherwise beautiful round with her young horse High Kingdom. Mary King jumped an unbelievably accurate double clear followed by an equally classy round from Tina Cook who jumped clear but incurred one time penalty to secure team silver.
But the excitement isn’t over yet, there is more to come with the individual show jumping round yet to come; three British women are among the top 25 to qualify for the individual finale which starts at 2:30; Mary will start in third place on 42.10 with Tina fourth on 43.00. Sweden’s young star Sara Algotsson Ostholt leads going into the round on 39.30 with Germany’s reigning World and European rider Micheal Jung second on 40.60.; Zara starts in 13th place. This format is unique to the Olympics and will really ramp up the atmosphere to an even more unbelievable level for riders and supporters around the world.
Running order and live results will be posted here: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/event/eventing-individual/phase=eqx003100/index.html