Europe is sharing the lead with Australasia and Africa at the Youth Olympics after the first round of the team jumping competition.
Australasia’s Thomas McDermott (AUS) and Jake Lambert (NZL), Africa’s Abdalla Mohamed (EGY) and Samantha McIntosh (RSA), South America’s Marcelo Chirico (URU) also all jumped clear.
Six teams represented the different continents of Asia, Australasia, North and Central America and Caribbean Islands, Africa, Europe and South America. There were five riders on each team, with the best three scores to count.
At the end of the first competition, Australasia, Africa and Europe are out in front on just four faults apiece.
“It is great to see that all the athletes have coped so well with the challenge of riding horses other than their own,” said FEI director of jumping, John Roche. With three teams finishing the first round with 4 penalties each, medal positions are still very open going into the second round. It is very encouraging to see so much young talent”.
The second round of the team competition takes place on 20 August. Individual competition kicks off on Sunday, 22 August.