Only two riders will test the arena before Greg Broderick and Going Global make their appearance in today’s second qualifier for the Individual show jumping competition at the Rio Olympics. The starting order was determined by Sunday’s qualifying first round, with the individual (non-team) riders going first in order of faults carried over.
Subject to horses passing inspection, Portugal’s Luciana Diniz is first to go with Fit For Fun 13, followed by Colombian Rene Lopez with Con Dios 111, before Broderick and Going Global.
Today’s contest, which begins at 2pm Irish time, is also part of the team competition, and of the 69 riders in action, only 60 remain in the Individual competition.
The Irish rider will be aiming to post a zero score, which should see him qualify for tomorrow’s third qualifier, but any faults picked up today could be costly and will at least see him have an anxious wait to know if he makes the cut.
Thirty-four of those in the individual event have 4 faults or more, with eight having the same 8-fault total as Broderick. Ireland’s only representative at the Olympics has to finish in the top 45 to progress. However, more than 45 will progress if there is a tie (or ties) at the cut-off mark.
Those who progress today will compete in the last qualifier tomorrow carrying their score with them. The top 35 in that contest will make it through to the Individual Final on Friday.
Broderick believes the pairing are well capable of jumping clear both today and in the final qualifier on Wednesday, given how well Going Global has jumped in big nations cups in recent months.
If the Irish pairing make the Final on Friday they can ignore any faults incurred thus far as all finalists will start on a zero score. Josh Tobin