Big surprise as Irish medal hopeful snubbed for Olympic team
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.
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.
HSI SJ Team Manager R Splaine has nominated G Broderick & MHS Going Global (ISH) to OCI to represent Ire at Rio pic.twitter.com/gTR2fQ3OLV— Team IRL Equestrian (@TeamIRLEq) June 8, 2016
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.
Wish Greg Broderick well but unfathomable that you'd not send Bertram Allen to @Rio2016_en, is there another slot coming our way possibly?— Damien O'Meara (@damien_omeara) June 8, 2016
Greg Broderick selected for Rio Olympics. He is ranked 252nd in world rankings. He is 16th Irish rider on that list! Bertram Allen is top 10— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) June 8, 2016
Many have been tipping Bertram Allen as an Irish medal contender in Rio but Greg Broderick has got the nod for individual showjumping slot.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) June 8, 2016
Bertram Allen and Molly Malone would have been hot favourites for the position, despite strong opposition.— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) June 8, 2016