Tuesday 6 December 2016

Reynolds back in contention for Rio

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

'Reynolds (pictured) already held the Irish Dressage Grand Prix record after posting 73.88 in Rotterdam with the 13-year-old Vancouver K last summer' Photo: Getty
'Reynolds (pictured) already held the Irish Dressage Grand Prix record after posting 73.88 in Rotterdam with the 13-year-old Vancouver K last summer' Photo: Getty

Judy Reynolds showed she is made of the right stuff when bouncing back into contention for an Olympic qualifying slot with a personal-best score and new Irish dressage Grand Prix record at the 5-Star CDI in Doha, Qatar yesterday.

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With her back against the wall after some controversially high marks awarded to some of her rivals in recent weeks, the quiet-spoken 34-year-old German-based rider showed steely determination when throwing down a score of 74.32 to finish third behind Swedish star Patrik Kittel.

Reynolds already held the Irish Dressage Grand Prix record after posting 73.88 in Rotterdam with the 13-year-old Vancouver K last summer.

There are just six individual Olympic starting spots up for grabs, and after yesterday's brilliant performance Reynolds is lying fourth on the list of contenders going into today's Freestyle competition at the Doha fixture.

"It was exactly what we needed to do," said the Kildare-born rider. "This gives us 22 extra points on the Olympic ranking which puts us right back in contention, but it's not over until the fat lady sings on Sunday! I'm not taking anything for granted and will do my best again tomorrow."

Tomorrow is the deadline for Olympic qualification.

Irish Independent

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