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After the first round of compulsory tests in the vaulting competition, the favourite, Germany, has again stormed into the lead with 7.183. The home nation has won every team vaulting world championship since they began in 1986.

Austria is lying in second place with 7.169, and Switzerland third on 6.789, with Great Britain sixth on a score of 6.469 — out of 15 nations.

In the lead in the individual female competition is America’s Megan Benjamin, followed by Germany’s Ines Jueckstock and then Sissi Jarz from Austria.

British vaulting team member Ann Stark. Picture Trevor Meeks

The individual male event begins this evening.

Today’s compulsory test is the first part of the qualifying round. The second part is the freestyle, which takes place tomorrow for the individuals, from where the best 15 vaulters go forward to Sunday’s final.

The team freestyle takes place on Saturday, with the final for the best 12 teams on Sunday.

Look out for full reports in Horse & Hound (31 August)