Monday 11 December 2017

Equestrian: Glynn hits form as Irish take team gold

Louise Parkes

The Irish team of Nicola Fitzgibbon, Sara Glynn and Ben Crawford won team gold at the World University Equestrian Championships (WUEC) in Sanju, Korea, yesterday. Glynn also took individual silver.

This was the first Irish team victory in the biennial championships. However, Crawford previously won individual gold in Algeria in 2008 and this year's team, which also included reserve rider Suzie Cave from the Open University, was a hugely talented side.

Glynn is studying marketing at DIT but the 22-year-old recently began an Erasmus year at Berlin University.

She finished just behind Britain's Rebecca Woolven in the dressage phase of the WUEC while Crawford, from Queen's University, was nudged out of the bronze medal position by Holland's Nicolette Schriber to finish fourth, while Fitzgibbon, from Trinity College Dublin, took seventh place.


The team title was decided on the combined results from the show jumping championship, in which Ireland took team silver with all three riders finishing in the top 10, and the dressage championship, in which Ireland finished fifth.

Meanwhile, Denis Lynch's eighth-place finish in last Sunday's FEI World Cup qualifier in Lyon has moved him into 21st place on the series leaderboard, just two places adrift of Jessica Kuerten.

The top 18 riders from the Western European League will qualify for the final in Leipzig, Germany, next April, but there are still another 10 qualifiers to go before the final line-up is decided, and the next takes place in Verona, Italy, next Sunday.

Irish Independent

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