Friday 30 September 2016

Tough day for Ireland's eventing team in Rio

Sean McGoldrick in Rio

Published 08/08/2016 | 21:57

Padraig McCarthy of Ireland on Simon Porloe in action during the Eventing Team Cross Country
Padraig McCarthy of Ireland on Simon Porloe in action during the Eventing Team Cross Country

Ireland's three day eventing team have slipped to eighth place after struggling in the cross country section of the competition in Rio.

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Lying fifth overnight after the dressage section, Ireland looked to have a realistic chance of a medal. But the dream began to unravel once Padraig McCarthy had a spectacular fall from his horse Simon Porloe halfway through the testing course.

Both rider and horse were able to walk away from the accident but as they were unable to complete the course, it meant the other three Irish riders had to do so, as only one score could be discarded.

Clare Abbot on Euro Prince had a solid round picking up 65.60 penalties while Jonty Evans nearly went clear scoring just 22.80 penalties.

Mark Kyle on Jemilla finished with 50.8, which briefly lifted Ireland into third place on a team total of 278.40, but clear rounds from a number of other nations saw them drop to eighth. The final phase of the competition, the jumping, takes place tomorrow.

In the individual competition, Evans is Ireland's best placed rider in 16th (64.60) and will be aiming to finish in the top 25 and go forward to the individual jumping final. Kyle is 34th (101.20) and Abbott 38th (112.60). McCarthy has been eliminated from the individual competition but his jumping score could still count in the team calculations.

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