Michael Jung and Sam FBW are gold medal winners yet again! Jung is just the third rider to win back-to-back gold medals and Sam the first horse to do so since Mark Todd’s Charisma in 1988. And to think Sam was the back-up horse this year.
The pair put in their second textbook show jumping round of the day, easily sealing the gold on their dressage penalty score, just as they did 4 years ago having incurred 0 jumping penalties.
France’s Nicolas Astier and Piaf de B’Neville were unable to repeat their clean round from team stadium jumping, finding a tricky distance to the third fence – a large grey oxer – and pulling the back rail. The pair incurred an additional 2 times penalties and finished the day on 48.00 penalties.
Veteran rider Phillip Dutton managed to add an Olympic bronze to the U.S. arsenal with Mighty Nice. They had a single rail on the c element of the triple combination, but were otherwise clean with a total of 51.80 penalties.
Congratulations to all the medalists!
Final individual Eventing standings:
1.Michael Jung – Sam FBW – 40.90
2.Astier Nicolas – Piaf de B’Neville – 48.00
3.Phillip Dutton – Mighty Nice – 51.80
4.Sam Griffiths – Paulank Brockaugh – 53.10
5.Christopher Burton – Santano II – 53.60
6.Clarke Johnstone – Balmoral Sensation – 59.30
*Grand Prix qualification for team dressage begins tomorrow at 9am eastern. Watch live on NBCOlympics.com.
Update by Ashley Fairfield-Remeza