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Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze is celebrating after rising to number one slot in the Rolex World Rankings.

The 43-year-old rider knocks French rider Kevin Staut off the top spot and now holds the position for the third time in his career.

Eric’s back-to-back Grand Prix wins at La Baule and Rome on stallion Hickstead have put him 111 points ahead of 31-year-old Kevin — who had topped the Rolex Rankings since 1 August 2010.

Eric, who won individual gold at the 2008 Olympics, shot to the top of the Rolex Rankings on 1 January 2009 and stayed there for three months. He was back in the number one slot for a second time in July 2010, the month in which he won the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen with a broken foot.

European champion Kevin Staut is now in second place ahead of Billy Twomey, Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson fourth and Irish rider Denis Lynch in fifth.