Jonty Evans claims top 10 finish in Rio
Ireland’s Jonty Evans and The Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rorkes Drift, have finished in a superb ninth place in the Olympic Eventing final this evening (Tuesday) at Deodora Olympic Park in Rio, while two Irish Sport Horses have been crowned Olympic medal winners.
An incredible double clear round from 44-year-old Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift, saw them shoot up the leaderboard and into the top 10, having started the final Show Jumping phase in 16th place overall.
Cooley Rorke’s Drift (ISH), who is just a 10-year-old, was bred by William McCarrison and is owned by Evans himself along with Fiona Elliot. It was an incredible performance by the pair over all three Eventing phases. A superb Dressage score of 41.80 was followed by a clear jumping round in Monday’s Cross Country where they added just 22.80 time penalties. A foot perfect performance by Evans in the final Show Jumping phase saw them finish on 64.60 penalties in ninth place.
Reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung (GER) retained the title he won in London, claiming individual Gold in Rio with Sam FBW. Nicolas Astier took the Silver medal for France riding Piaf De B’Neville.
Earlier, Nick Turner’s Irish quartet finished the Eventing team competition in eighth place overall of 13 nations. A clear round from Jonty Evans was matched by another brilliant clear from Clare Abbott and The Irish Sport Horse Europrince, while Mark Kyle and Jemilla finished with eight faults. Kyle finished in 33rd place on the individual standings with Abbott three places further back in 36th.
France are the new Olympic Eventing Gold medal winners, while Germany took the Silver Medal and Australia claimed the Bronze.