Friday 30 September 2016

Reynolds and Vancouver K march on

Louise Parkes

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

“I’m just really, really happy with JP, he went in there he didn’t get nervous, he was really with me, he just gave a super, super feeling!
“I’m just really, really happy with JP, he went in there he didn’t get nervous, he was really with me, he just gave a super, super feeling!" Photo: AP Photo/John Locher

Judy Reynolds produced a lovely test with Vancouver K yesterday, finishing 21st individually and easily qualifying for today's Grand Prix Special.

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Only the fourth Irish dressage rider to compete at the Olympics, the 35-year-old from Kilteel in Kildare is the first in 24 years to make it to this stage.

And yesterday she really stepped up to the mark when posting a score of 74.700.

"I'm just really, really happy with JP, he went in there he didn't get nervous, he was really with me, he just gave a super, super feeling!" she said of the horse which, she admits, has previously shown a difficult temperament.

"He just stayed really relaxed which for him is the main thing.

"I felt I could possibly have gotten one or two points more, it felt as good as what we've done in the past where we've gotten over 75pc but I'm so happy, that is a really solid score."

Today's competition will decide the team medals, with Germany chasing down their 13th title but hotly pursued by the defending champions from Great Britain.

Reynolds must finish in the top 18 to make the cut into the individual medal decider, the freestyle, on Monday.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray was a relieved man after his hopes of a second Olympic gold medal were nearly blown off course against Fabio Fognini.

The 2012 champion had cruised through his opening two matches and another easy win looked on the cards when he led by a set and a break but the momentum turned abruptly and Fognini, one of the most talented but unpredictable players on tour, seized his chance.

The world No 40 won eight games in a row to lead 3-0 in the decider before Murray, as he so often does, fought back from the brink to claim a 6-1 2-6 6-3 victory.

The Scot will take on the USA's Steve Johnson in the quarter-finals.

Irish Independent

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