Thursday 14 December 2017

Lynch's late bid to make Games fails as appeal turned down

Louise Parkes

A dark cloud was lifted off the Irish camp at the London 2012 equestrian events at Greenwich Park yesterday when Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc Committee had dismissed the appeal lodged by showjumper Denis Lynch.

The lengthy tribunal hearing began at 7.0 on Saturday evening and ran through until 1.30 yesterday morning. The committee then went away to deliberate over whether they had jurisdiction in the case and yesterday afternoon they declared they did not have that jurisdiction.

As a result, Cian O'Connor will join Billy Twomey as one of Ireland's two representatives when showjumping gets under way with the first horse inspection on August 2.

Lynch was appealing against his removal from the Irish squad following a positive test for hypersensitivity for one of his horses, Lantinus. "Our focus remains on supporting the eight equestrian athletes who are representing us at the games," a HSI spokesman said last night.

Meanwhile, eventer Camilla Speirs yesterday ensured the spotlight will be on her in today's cross-country phase after producing a dressage test that leaves her less than 10 penalty points off leading rider Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan.

The 36-year-old Kildare native and her little horse, Portersize Just a Jiff, registered a score of 47.60, which leaves them in joint-27th spot, yet still well within reach of a medal as the cross-country track is expected to alter the dressage order.

The remainder of the Irish team are Aoife Clark (Master Crusoe) in 32nd place, Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise) in 53rd, Mark Kyle (Coolio) in 61st and Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure) in 64th spot. Ireland lies 10th of the 13 competing nations.

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