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Canada's Lamaze wins jumping gold

Canada's Lamaze wins jumping gold

Eric Lamaze of Canada, riding Hickstead, won the gold medal in the Olympic equestrian individual jumping event Thursday.
Lamaze won a timed jump-off with Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden, riding Ninja, who took silver. U.S. rider Beezie Madden on Authentic won bronze.
Lamaze and Bengtsson were among 10 riders with clean rides in the first of two rounds, but the only ones clean in the second round. Bengtsson knocked one rail down in the jump-off, while Lamaze, the final rider, went clean to win the gold.
Madden also went clean in the first round but knocked down a rail in the second. She jumped off against six other four-faulters, going clean in the jump-off to beat Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany by just a tenth of a second.
Earlier in the week, the U.S. team won gold in team jumping and Canada silver.
"It's our week," Lamaze said. "This makes the team medal all the sweeter. It's going to take a while for the moment to sink in."
The victory is doubly sweet for Lamaze since he was dropped from the Canadian team in 1996 and 2000 for cocaine problems, and they didn't field a team in 2004.
Bengtsson looked like he'd have a clean ride as well, but Ninja knocked down the last jump-off fence.
"I felt it a few strides before that he wasn't strong," Bengtsson said. "I hoped he could fix it but he couldn't."
There were seven riders in the jump-off for bronze that included all the riders who had only four faults in the first two rounds. Madden jumped clean in 35.25 seconds by taking a risk with a very tight turn to save time as she jumped an island of shrubbery that was decoration and not an actual part of the course.
The gamble paid off as Michaels-Beerbaum also went clean in 35.37 seconds while taking a longer route. Thus Madden won the bronze by a slim tenth of a second.
As Madden came off the course, she hugged teammate McLain Ward who gave her the inspiration for the shortcut after he tried it on Sapphire ahead of her in the jump-off but then dropped the last fence and finished sixth.
"I didn't think it was an option, so thanks to him," Madden said. "It's been a great week for North America."
In the individual competition, the 35 top riders from the team competition compete in the first round and the 20 best or ties then come back for a second round. There were enough low-fault rides in the first round so that only those horses that went clean or dropped just one rail remained in the competition.
Ward had four faults in the first round and went clean in the second. Laura Kraut of the U.S. had eight faults in the first round on Cedric and thus was eliminated.
In jumping, knocking down a fence, refusing a fence or stepping into the water jump all count four faults. In addition, riders can earn faults for exceeding the time limit.
Earlier Thursday, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), which sets the rules for the sport, announced that capsaicin, a banned substance, was found in four horses from the team jumping competition held Sunday and Monday. The horses have been provisionally suspended.
They include Camiro, ridden by Tony Andre Hansen of Norway; Lantinus, ridden by Dennis Lynch of Ireland; Chupa Chup, ridden by Bernardo Alves of Brazil; and Coster, ridden by Christian Ahlmann.
Norway won bronze in the team competition, so this means that Norway may lose its medal. A second sample from each horse will be tested in the next two days before a decision is made whether to disqualify the horses.
The equestrian events were held here instead of in Beijing due to quarantine restrictions in mainland China.


Updated : 2021-06-13 02:01 GMT+08:00