One of eight teams to qualify for Sunday’s Nations Cup final competition in Barcelona, Ireland must finish ahead of Colombia and Italy to secure the one remaining team place available for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Chef d’Equipe Rodrigo Pessoa has confirmed that his team will be identical to the one that brought Ireland successfully through Thursday’s qualifying competition.
Peter Moloney – Chianti’s Champion
Paul O’Shea – Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu
Darragh Kenny – Balou du Reventon
Cian O’Connor – PSG Final
Ireland will be fourth to jump in the deciding round on Sunday and Pessoa said after announcing his selection: “After three years of of a campaign to achieve Olympic qualification it all comes down to tomorrow. We expected Italy to make the final but Colombia also performed very well and we now know that we have to beat those two teams to reach the Olympics. We are up for the challenge and ready to go for it.”
Ireland last qualified a show jumping team for the Olympics in 2004, but Cian O’Connor did bring home an individual Bronze medal from the London Olympics in 2012. Tomorrow he will be the anchorman on the nine year-old PSG Final.
With 1.25 million euro prize money on offer along with the Olympic qualifying place, the eight teams bidding for glory in the one-round contest at the Real Club de Polo stadium are Ireland, France, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Colombia. All teams start the day on a zero score.