Equestrian: Team Japan Wins Group G Jumping Qualifying Tournament

Japan was able to defeat Australia in show jumping at the Jumping Group G Olympic Qualification Event. The top two jumping teams along with the top individual athlete not yet qualified from Group G (East and South Asia and Oceania) will be given spots to compete at the Olympics. The Group G qualification event was held in Hagen, Germany on August 25th 2015.

In total, five nations sent enough riders to be eligible for the team event; Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines and Chinese Taipei. However, the Philippines were eliminated from the competition in the first round when Lucas Lorenzo suffered elimination and thus the nation no longer had enough riders to compete. At the end of the first round Australia led all nations with only 8 penalty points with Japan closely behind with 9. With more eliminated riders in the second round only Australia and Japan remained with enough riders for the team event effectively qualifying both nations to the Olympics. Japan won the event with a perfect second round finishing with a score of 9 as Australia finished second with 20 points.

With Australia and Japan winning the team quotas the fight for the individual quota became wide open. New Zealand’s Samantha McIntosh and Chinese Taipei’s Wong Isheau both finished the first round with 0 penalties while China’s Zhu Meimei was right behind them with a single penalty. All three riders finished the second round with 4 penalty points leaving McIntosh and Wong tied on points and requiring a jump-off to decide who goes to the Olympics. McIntosh went first and completed the course without fault and a time of 39.70. Wong also finished the course without any faults, but with a faster time of 36.38 she was able to win the Olympic quota.

This was the final opportunity for teams to qualify in Group G. Individuals can still qualify via the world rankings, but given the rankings of non-qualified athletes riders from this region will have a lot of work to qualify through that method.

Athletes by Nation

  • Australia – 4
  • Japan – 4
  • Chinese Taipei – 1

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