Three clear rounds yesterday have given Brazil a draw advantage ahead of tomorrow’s show jumping team and individual qualifier at the Rio Olympics. To the delight of the home crowd, Brazil matched Germany’s zero fault total in the team scores for the day.
First out for the home team, and indeed first into the arena, was Eduardo Menezes who came home with four faults on Quintol, but these were discarded when his team mates all produced perfect rounds. Stephan De Freitas Barcha (Landpeter do Feroleto), Doda De Miranda (Cornetto K) and Perdo Veniss (Quabri de l’Isle) all delighted the spectators with immaculate performances.
The team points totals from yesterday count only towards determining the starting order for tomorrow’s session, but the excellent performances by the Brazilians mean all four of their riders progress in the individual competition as well, in which Menezes will carry his four faults.
Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland and France all finished on four fault totals, with Qatar alone on five. Great Britain, USA, Spain and Sweden finished with eight faults.
Germany will have the advantage of being last to jump tomorrow, with Brazil second-last. Ukraine, who had the worst tally of the 15 teams yesterday, will be first to jump. Mike Dunne.