Equestrian: Olympic Rankings Published But Dispute Remains

24 nations qualified at least one athlete from the Equestrian Olympic Rankings; however one ranking dispute still remains. Individuals not yet qualified to the Olympics were eligible to qualify their nation based on the rankings, provided that the nation has not reached its maximum quota. For the three disciplines there were three types of ranking lists, one for each of the seven groups; Group A (North, Western Europe), Group B (South, Western Europe), Group C (Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia), Group D (North America, English Caribbean), Group E (Central & South America), Group F (Africa & Middle East) and Group G (South, East Asia, Oceania), another list combined some groups; Group A/B/C, Group D/E and Group F/G and a final overall list. The Equestrian Olympic Rankings contained various eligible events held from March 9th 2015 to March 6th 2016 for dressage and eventing and January 1st 2015 to March 6th 2016 for jumping.

In dressage the top two from Groups A, B and C, the highest ranked nation from Groups D, E, F and G and the top six from the overall list, with a maximum of four from the same nation qualified to the Olympics.

With the updated rankings the following nations won a spot from the group rankings, Denmark (2), Austria, Belgium, Russia (2), Canada, Dominican Republic, Palestine and New Zealand. These nations qualified from the overall ranking; Denmark (2), Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. Since Denmark qualified four riders they will be eligible to enter the team competition as a composite team. One more individual spot is open, but there is a dispute between Poland and Ukraine about the results of a certain event which would have qualification implications.

For eventing the highest ranked nation from each individual group, the top two from Groups A/B/C, D/E and F/G and the top eight from the overall list, with a maximum of four from the same nation qualified to the Olympics.

With the updated rankings the following nations won a spot from the group rankings, Finland, Italy, Russia, Chile, Zimbabwe and Japan. Since Group D did not have any eligible nations they quota has been reallocated to the overall ranking list. The following nations qualified from the combined group list, Belarus, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, China and Japan. The following nations qualified from the overall rankings, Belgium (2), Italy (2), Russia (2), Spain and Switzerland (2). Since Italy, Russia and Switzerland qualified three riders each they will be eligible to enter the team competition as composite teams.

The Olympic quotas for jumping went to the highest ranked nation from Groups A, B, C and F and the top four from the overall list, with a maximum of two from the same nation.

From the four groups the following nations qualified; Ireland, Portugal, Turkey and Morocco while from the overall rankings it was Belgium (2), Egypt and Italy whom qualified spots for their nations.

The ranking dispute between Poland and Ukraine in dressage will hopefully be settled soon. This was the final opportunity to qualify in equestrian. Overall several nations such as the Dominican Republic, Palestine and Zimbabwe will be making their Olympic debut in this sport.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Belgium – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Russia – 5
  • Denmark – 4
  • Switzerland – 4
  • Ireland – 2
  • Japan – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • China – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • Ecuador – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Morocco – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Palestine – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Zimbabwe – 1

 

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