The Dutch show jumpers did not win a medal in the Nations Cup at the Olympic Games. National coach Rob Earns of Vert finished fourth with 17 penalty points.
Show jumpers qualified for the final with ten nations in the last minute. Everyone started from scratch again.
Erins, in consultation with his riders, decided to replace Willem Greve (Zebria S) in the final with Harry Smulders. The 41-year-old from Brabant, who went to Japan as a reserve, jumped with Bingo du Parc and stayed behind at the time. Thus Smolders secured the Orange team’s rise to fifth in the standings, after Mark Houtzager with Dante as the starting set dropped two columns and exceeded the time limit (9 penalty points).
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Michael van der Vleuten, who won individual bronze earlier in the week with the Beauville Z, had to take 8 penalty points in the final round. The group completed three clear rounds in the singles tournament, but the Nations Cup seemed to be exhausted. Van der Vleuten and Bovel Z also lost two points in the playoffs.
France seemed to win the gold in Tokyo after two clear rounds and only two penalty points for time violations. However, things went wrong for the last contestant, Penelope Librevost. Her horse Vancouver de Lanlor first abstained and then refused to continue, costing France a medal.
Sweden and the United States both finished with eight penalties, which required a jump. In this, the combinations of both countries remained clear. Based on the total time, gold went to the Swedish trio, who were 1.3 seconds faster than the American three riders. One of the Swedish show jumpers is Henrik Von Eckermann, who recently opened his own show jumping stable in Kessel.
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