Team Ireland Jumping Towards Tokyo

The Irish Show Jumping team of Cian O’Connor, Shane Sweetnam, Peter Moloney and Darragh Kenny, could qualify for the Tokyo Olympics today in Rotterdam.

They have made it through to today’s team final at the Longines FEI European Championships where they lie in eighth place overall and in fifth place of the teams chasing one of the three Olympic qualification places on offer.

Belgium, who like Ireland are chasing a ticket to Tokyo, moved to the top of the standings after three of their riders all jumped clear, to remain on a score of 11.07. Germany, who are already qualified for the Olympics are in silver medal position (12.22), while Britain are in bronze and in the second of the Olympic places on 13.41.

France occupy the third and final Olympic place on 17.39 while Italy are also in the hunt on a score of 26.74 – just under a fence ahead of Ireland on 30.36. The list of teams for Friday’s final also includes Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark.

Today’s competition gets underway at 2pm Irish time, with the 2019 European team medal winners and Olympic qualifiers set to be decided by 5pm.

The Irish Women’s Dressage team secured their Olympic Qualification earlier this week.

The Irish Show Jumping team is sponsored by Devenish & The Underwriting Exchange.

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