Sweden was crowned winner of this year’s Samsung’s Nation Cup Series last week after a nail-biting finish in Argentina. Brazil won the final leg of the Nations Cup which took place 70km from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Olympic course designer Olaf Persen’s impressive show jumping course tested teams from Argentina, Brazil and Chile to the limit, with only seven faults separating them at the end of round one. But sadly the home team went to pieces in the second round with only Luis Magnasco producing a clear round. Lucas Werthein and Martin Dopazo both clocked up a disappointing 9 faults, relegating the Argentinian team to third position.

Meanwhile the Brazilian and Chilean teams improved their score in the second round with a clear round from Brazil’s Karina Harbich Johannpeter and another from Chile’s Carlos Milthaler. With 9 faults in the second round and an overall total of 25 faults, Brazil triumphed over Chile by just two faults.

The 2005 season of the Samsung Nations Cup Series included 19 events with Sweden winning on a score of 40 points, ahead of Italy (28) and Austria (25). Twenty-five nations participated in the Series, and 17 obtained points. Sweden will now replace Belguim who was relegated last September.


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