Equestrian: Netherlands Win Gold at European Jumping Championships

In an event where the leader changed every day it was the Netherlands that finished with team jumping gold at the 2015 European Jumping Championships. For Olympic qualification the top 3 teams from Group A and B (Western Europe) will qualify to both individual and team jumping. The European championships are currently being held in Aachen, Germany from August 19th to August 23rd 2015.

The speed competition gave Germany the early lead in the team event with only 4.40 penalties. The top three Olympic eligible nations were Great Britain, Spain and Italy. However, a lot changed in the standings after the first round of jumping. France led by the individual leader at the time, Penelope Leprevost took the lead as Germany fell to third while Italy fell from a potential Olympic quota to being eliminated from the final along with a very strong Belgium team. Going into the final five teams were eligible to win one of the three spots to the Olympics; Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and Ireland.

A poor performance in the final round of team jumping for France not only cost them the win, but a medal as they finished fifth overall. Instead it was the Netherlands with two near perfect jumping rounds that ended up taking gold by finishing just ahead of Germany. Switzerland not only took the bronze medal, but one of the Olympics quotas. The other two team quotas went to Great Britain and Spain who finished just 0.380 points ahead of Ireland.

This was the final event for European nations to qualify a jumping team to the Olympics. Individuals can still qualify via the world rankings which will be finalized before the Olympics begin.

Athletes by Nation

  • Great Britain – 4
  • Spain – 4
  • Switzerland – 4

References

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