Showjumping: Twomey leads Irish charge as Lynch crashes out
A fall, and subsequent elimination, dashed Denis Lynch's chances at the Rolex FEI World Cup final in Leipzig, Germany, yesterday writes Louise Parkes.
However, Billy Twomey is still in the race after having just one fence down in the opening speed competition, which was completely dominated by the host nation as Marco Kutscher claimed pole position ahead of defending champion Marcus Ehning, and Christian Ahlmann slotted into third.
Twomey lies 16th going into today's second of the three classes that will decide the destination of the 2011 World Cup title, following a strong round yesterday from the mare Tinka's Serenade.
A superb tight turn to the vertical at fence nine put the Corkman well in touch with the leaders when 35th of the 43 to go. But the back bar came down at the first element of the following double to add four time penalties to his time of 67.02 seconds, which would otherwise have left him sitting among the top 10 going into today's second leg.
Lynch, however, blundered at the second element of the double at fence seven, his gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof failing to reach the back bar and pitching his rider out of the saddle for an easy fall.
He was one of two riders to hit the dirt in this competition.
Australia's Alexander was also dislodged when making a bad mistake at the final fence with Cevo Socrates.