So, WHO won? Surprise, surprise!! Germany’s Michael Jung is a force to be reckoned with and today, in Rio de Janeiro, it was no different. Jung, who became the first simultaneous World, Olympic and European champion, successfully defending his Olympic gold aboard his London partner Sam FBW. Jung earned his second consecutive individual gold medal today in Rio, becoming only the third eventer to ever win back-to-back individual gold in Olympic competition.
Now Mark Todd and Michael Jung have something else in common! Today’s Olympic victory for Jung means that Jung has matched the record set by New Zealand’s Mark Todd at Los Angeles (USA) in 1984 and Seoul (KOR) in 1988 when he earned back-to-back individual Olympic Eventing gold medals. Like Todd, Jung rode the same horse that carried him to both team and individual glory at #London2012 four years ago – Sam FBW.
Who won Team Gold? Many thought that Team Germany would make #Rio2016 a clean German sweep, like they did at #London2012, but alas the French dug deep to take gold. It came down to the last four horse-and-rider combinations into the arena to decide the team result, and it was the defending champions from Germany who had to settle for silver behind France, Australia slipping from the overnight lead to take the bronze. This is the first gold and only the second medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for France, that has only won two previous team titles in Eventing – a bronze in Rome in 1960 and gold at Athens in 2004.
What happened to New Zealand’s Mark Todd? Legend and eight-time Olympian Mark Todd to make a New Zealand record by taking home his sixth Olympic medal of his career but it was not meant to be. “That will be one of the biggest lows in my career. The whole week was a roller coaster ride” said Todd. “After yesterday’s cross country we were still in with a chance and then – boom – you’re out. I was hoping to go out on a high. Leonidas is such a good jumper but he got wound up when going into the arena. I thought he would settle but he got more and more rattled,” said the shattered 60-year-old Kiwi legend.