The start list for Tuesday’s important team round in the Rio Olympics showjumping competition has been revealed, allowing us to work out approximately what time the British competitors will ride.
Britain finished equal eighth with three other teams in the first competition on Sunday, which determines Tuesday’s starting order.
The nine riders who are only competing as individuals will be first into the arena, with Ireland’s Greg Broderick (Going Global) the third rider in at about 10.04am local time (2.04pm British time).
The bottom four teams from Sunday (Ukraine, Japan, Argentina, Australia) then jump all their riders. The remaining 11 teams then jump, with Britain’s rider always first in the rotation and the Brazilian and German riders last as those two teams finished on a zero score on Sunday.
There is a 15-minute break for the arena to be rolled after every 23 horses.
With the class starting at 10am local time, the British competitors’ approximate times (working on the basis of two minutes per round and factoring in the breaks) are:
- Nick Skelton on Beverley Widdowson’s Big Star — 26th into the arena, 11.07am local time (3.07pm British time)
- Ben Maher on Jane Forbes Clark’s Tic Tac — 37th into the arena, 11.29am local time (3.29pm British time)
- Michael Whitaker on Beverley Widdowson’s Cassionato — 48th into the arena, 12.06pm local time (4.06pm British time)
- John Whitaker on Team Harmony Management Co Ltd’s Ornellaia — 59th into the arena, 12.28pm local time (4.28pm British time)
The top eight teams after tomorrow make the cut to go through to Wednesday’s competition, after which the team medals will be awarded (on the basis of faults tomorrow and on Wednesday, with a jump-off if it is needed). Any individuals placed in the top 45 after tomorrow who are not part of a team (or whose team is not in the top eight) will also qualify for Wednesday’s class.