Thursday 29 September 2016

Big surprise as Irish medal hopeful snubbed for Olympic team

Published 08/06/2016 | 11:13

26 June 2015; Bertram Allen, Co. Wexford, competing on Thriller P in The Underwriting Exchange Limited
26 June 2015; Bertram Allen, Co. Wexford, competing on Thriller P in The Underwriting Exchange Limited "Jumping In The City" Grand Prix during the Final Leg of Jumping In The City. Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium, Ringsend, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Despite being tipped by many as a potential medalist, Irish show jumper Bertram Allen was overlooked for Ireland's only individual place at Rio 2016.

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Although ranked number 10 in the world, Allen has been placed on the reserve lift, with showjumping team manager Robert Splaine opting instead for Greg Broderick, who is ranked 252.

Broderick is in strong form at the moment, with his double-clear round helping Ireland to win last weekend's Nations Cup leg in Switzerland.

However, it was still expected that Allen would secure the spot on Ireland's Olympic team given his substantially higher ranking.

Broderick beat off competition from Allen, Denis Lynch and Olympic bronze medalist Cian O'Connor to make the cut.

Many people were surprised that Equestrian Ireland chose a rider ranked 242 places behind Allen to represent the county at this summer's Olympics.

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