Tuesday 19 November 2019

O'Connor's hopes rest on making final cut as first reserve

Louise Parkes

Cian O'Connor could still make the cut for tomorrow's Olympic showjumping individual final despite finishing just outside the top 35 qualification zone in yesterday's third-round semi-final at Greenwich Park.

The Meath man collected 12 faults to share 38th place, but with two of those ahead of him not entitled to compete because only three riders from any nation can take part in the closing stages, he is first reserve along with Belgium's Dirk Demeersman and Argentina's Jose Larocca.

Should one horse fail the final veterinary inspection tomorrow morning, all three will squeeze through to the final day, which will decide the fate of the individual showjumping title.

"I'm ready to go if it happens, and I'm really pleased with how the horse has gone," O'Connor said. "Anything can happen, because we all start the last day on a zero score."

It was all about the British yesterday, however, as Nick Skelton, Peter Charles, Scott Brash and Ben Maher claimed team gold for the Olympic host nation.

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