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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.


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 . . .

Eight-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar Begins Competition in Athens

Eight-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Perth, ON, competed in the opening round of show jumping events on Sunday, August 22, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Comments from the Jumper Riders

''I believe that the experience I have gained all these years has helped me a lot. I don't feel any pressure. I will have to wait until the end of the Games to see if these are the best Games for me ever. Sydney was definetely my highlight. The horse I had there had never really performed at that level before, but he did great and we came very close''.  Ian Millar - Canada

Jumping Qualifier #1

Seventy-seven competitors from 27 nations participated in the first Jumping Qualifier leading to the Olympic Individual title. None of the medal winners from Sydney are in Athens to defend their title. Germany is the title holder since Atlanta 1996 and the current European Champion, but the team is missing one important member, since the World Number One, Marcus Ehning, had to withdraw due to an injury to his horse.


Athens, 12:30pm EEST--- Canada's Ian Millar and Promise Me were second to go in a field of 77 in today's first individual show jumping qualifier at Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.  They lowered two rails on a very technical course set by Germany's Olaf Petersen, and also incurred one time penalty.  They currently sit in 59th position.  Ten went clear, including Antonis Petris of Greece.  The top 45 individuals after two rounds of qualifying will advance.  Show jumping continues Tuesday with the Nations Cup. More later . . .

Fuel Added to Eventing Controversy Flame

(Special to EquestrianConnection.com)
By Jan Mansfield
Athens, August 22, 2004 - - - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held a press conference early this morning and Germany’s National Federation issued a terse statement following yesterday’s Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which rescinded the eventing Gold medals awarded to the German team and to Bettina Hoy. The appeal was filed jointly by the National Olympic Committees of the U.S., France, and Great Britain.

French Jumpers Looking for Glory

Jumping is the Equestrian discipline that most spectators find most appealing. Whatever the format of competition, the goal is always a clear round with no rails down. 75 competitors from 27 NOC's are competing.

Ian Millar's Promise Me Passes Inspection

90 horses were presented to the Ground Jury for Jumping today at Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre including Ian Millar's mount Promise Me. Two horses will be presented at the re-inspection tomorrow. One is DJANE DES FONTENIS for Grzegortz KUBIAK (POL), sent to the holding box today. The other horse is CARNUTE ridden by Thomas VELIN (DEN). The Dane will arrive at Athens airport later this evening. He received a late entry and replaces the Colombian rider Carlos LOPEZ, who decided not to compete in the Athens Games.

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