Wednesday 20 November 2019

Equestrian: Merveldt set to miss dressage qualification cut

Louise Parkes

Ireland's Anna Merveldt and Coryolano look to have missed the qualification cut for the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Special, which takes place at Greenwich Park next Tuesday.

Their score of 69.772 left them in 33rd place when the opening Grand Prix concluded yesterday and, lying 13th of the individual horse-and-rider partnerships fighting for a place in the next stage of Olympic dressage, they are just two places away from the top 11 who automatically qualify.

Their only chance now would be if more than one of those ahead of them was forced to withdraw over the next few days.

The British lead the way into Tuesday's class, which is the team medal decider, following an Olympic record-breaking performance from Charlotte Dujardin and Velegro who finished top of the individual Grand Prix rankings, pipping the Netherlands' double World Cup champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival.

But with only just over a half-point advantage over Germany, it's going to be a close-run battle for team gold, with the Dutch chasing the two leading nations, followed by Denmark in fourth and the USA in fifth.

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