America wins show jumping Olympic gold in Hong Kong

  • History was made in Hong Kong as two teams jumped off for the gold medal for the first time and 61-year-old Ian Millar, the oldest Olympic show jumper ever completed his record ninth Games with his first medal, silver for Canada.

    In a thrilling finale, the US won back-to-back gold, beating Canada, the two teams having tied on 20pen after the second round of team jumping, in a jump-off against the clock over a shortened course.

    Canada, down to three riders after the withdrawal of Mac Cone, whose horse was sore, was at a disadvantage. When Jill Henselwood hit a brick off the Chinese calligraphy wall and first three Americans, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Will Simpson, jumped clear, it was all over.

    Norway has taken bronze, its first equestrian Olympic medal ever and the first occasion the country has fielded a show jumping team since 1936.

    Britain finished seventh, on 37 faults. Ben Maher jumped a beautiful clear round, and all three qualify for the individual final on Thursday.

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