Friday 18 October 2019

O'Connor settles for second after impressive show at CSIO Rome

Cian O'Connor
Cian O'Connor

Louise Parkes

Cian O'Connor finished a close second, and Darragh Kenny lined up fourth in yesterday's €400,000 Rolex Grand Prix at CSIO Rome where Israel's Daniel Bluman came out on top.

Only four of 44 starters jumped clear in the first round but the top 11 returned in round two so Kenny, a fast four-faulter, was among them while O'Connor was last to go due to his quick and clear first-round.

America's Jessica Springsteen, carrying just a single time fault, looked set to pile the pressure on when fifth-last to go. But she mis-timed her ride to the second fence with Fleur de l'Aube and crashed through it before retiring, so Kenny rocketed up the leaderboard.

Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts set the target for the remaining three in 41.75 seconds. But Bluman immediately relegated him when home in 39.47. And when Italy's Luca Marziani hit the second-last then only O'Connor stood between Bluman and victory.

When the Irishman galloped through the finish in 40.64 he had to settle for runner-up spot ahead of Philippaerts in third and Kenny in fourth.

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