Saturday 3 December 2016

Broderick squeezes into next qualifier

Equestrian

Louise Parkes

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Greg Broderick of Ireland on MHS Going Global in action during the Individual Jumping 1st Qualifier. Photo: Sportsfile
Greg Broderick of Ireland on MHS Going Global in action during the Individual Jumping 1st Qualifier. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland's Greg Broderick only just made the cut into Tuesday's second individual qualifier in Rio when collecting eight faults with Going Global in yesterday's opening jumping competition.

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From a starting field of 75 horse-and-rider combinations there were 24 clear rounds, but it was a tough day at the office with multiple eliminations and several falls, while two riders were also disqualified.

Broderick and his 10-year-old Irish gelding competed at the halfway stage of the competition, but fell foul of the tricky line through the last three fences that began with a set of planks and continued with a double before the final oxer.

The double appeared to take many of the horses by surprise and, on rising ground, it created plenty of drama.

Going Global jumped well over the early part of the track, but hit both elements of it and the Tipperary man said afterwards: "When the horse feels so fantastic, it's very frustrating!"

Meanwhile, dressage rider Judy Reynolds returns to the stadium at Deodoro Olympic Park to compete in the freestyle individual decider with Vancouver K today.

The German-based Kildare woman - considered something of an outsider by those who have not noted her steady progress through the ranks over the last two years - has made a huge impact on the Games and will be closely watched when entering the ring, sixth to go, for this morning's run.

In the freestyle competition riders synchronise their performances with a musical background, and in London 2012 the term "dancing horses" set the sport alight.

The main battle looks set to take place between Isabell Werth and Kristina Broring-Sprehe from Germany and the defending double-champions and superstars of the sport, Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.

However, Reynolds is determined to give it her very best shot.

"I'm really pleased to have made it through and now I've nothing to lose - we'll be giving it everything we've got," Reynolds said.

Irish Independent

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