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Olympic Gold & Guinness - A Winning Combination!

''I'll drink plenty of Guinness when I go home! I think that the Irish people will accept it with open arms. It is very good for the country as well as for the sport.'' Cian O'Connor - Olympic Gold Medallist - Ireland


Individual Jumping: O'CONNOR Wins First Jumping Gold

Cian O'CONNOR, riding WATERFORD CRYSTAL, won Ireland's first gold medal in Jumping. The 24-year-old from Dublin had a clear round in the final Round B.


NEWSFLASH!!

NEWSFLASH!!
Athens, 10:00pm EEST- - - In his first Olympic Games 25-year-old Cian O'Connor of Ireland, aboard the 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding Waterford Crystal won the individual Gold Medal in show jumping this evening.  Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Baloubet Du Roulet took the silver medal while Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber took the bronze. The two went into a jumpoff to determine the silver and bronze, but it ended prematurely for Kappler whose mount came up lame near the end of the course.  Canada's Ian Millar and Promise Me ended up 24th overall after lowering five fences in the final round. More later . . .


Ian Millar Ends Eighth Olympic Bid in Athens

Ian Millar of Perth, ON, ended his eighth Olympic bid in Athens, Greece, with completion of the Individual Final for Show Jumping on Friday, August 27.


Eight-Time Olympian Ian Millar Qualifies for Individual Final in Athens

Eight-time Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON, took one step closer to the medal podium by qualifying for Friday’s Individual Show Jumping Final at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Team Gold for Germany in Nations Cup

It seemed like a walk in the park for Germany to win its third consecutive gold in Team Jumping with only two rails down in both rounds.


Diary from Athens - Showjumping Part II

It was a matter of who would blink first in a jump off for the Team Silver Medal this evening between the U.S. and Sweden.  And it came down to the last rider for each team, when all previous riders had put in clear, quick rounds.  With the U.S. over seven seconds ahead at that point, Sweden decided to take the Bronze, which they were very happy with, and save their horses for Friday. 


NEWSFLASH!

NEWSFLASH!!
Athens, 1:00am EEST- - - Germany won show jumping’s Olympic Team Gold Medal this evening.  And after an exciting jump off between the United States and Sweden, who were tied after the second round,  the U.S. took Silver and Sweden took Bronze.  Canada’s Ian Millar and Promise Me have advanced to Friday’s individual final, despite incurring 10 faults in the third and final qualifier.  They ended up in 44th.  place.  All 45 finalists will start with a score of zero for the final.  More later . . .


Diary from Athens - Showjumping Part I

There was a clear winner in this morning’s first round of the team competition and 2nd qualifier in show jumping.  It was German course designer Olaf Petersen and the very challenging course he set that had fences crashing and horses’s shoes flying all around the stadium. American Peter Wylde, who went clear with Fein Cera the first day but had three down today, said it was one of the hardest Nation’s Cup courses he has ridden.


NEWSFLASH!!

NEWSFLASH!!
Athens, 1:00pm EEST- - - Canada’s Ian Millar and Promise Me moved up top 48th place individually after the second individual qualifier today at Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.  They lowered two fences and had 3 time faults, but the entire field of 77 entries had considerable trouble with the course set by Germany’s Olaf Petersen. The top 45 individuals after this evening's round will advance to Friday's final. This morning was also the first of two rounds of the Nations’ Cup which will decide the team medals.  Round 2 goes this evening, with Germany leading in the team standings with 4 faults, the Netherlands and the U.S. tied for second with 8 and Sweden at 12.  Unfortunately this year’s World Cup winner Dileme De Cephe with French rider Bruno Broucosault is out of the competition.  He had to be taken off the course by horse ambulance after appearing to put a foot wrong between fences early in the course.  The ambulance had to be called a second time when the same thing appeared to happen to Who Knows Lilly of Argentina, ridden by Frederico Sztyrle.  More later . . .


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