Picture copyright Les Garennes.
At the end of the CCI3*L cross country test at Verrie racecourse (France) as part of the Saumur Complet, China is leading the provisional ranking of the four Groupe G nations, 2 of which 2 will qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. In the individual provisional rankings, the Spanish rider Gonzalo Blasco Botin is leading, being one of the only two riders to complete a perfect test without any faults and within the time allowed.
China is in front of Japan, automatically qualified as the host nation, with Thailand in third place and Hong Kong in fourth. Before the last test, the show jumping, China (118.6) has a comfortable lead of 16.7 points over Thailand (153.3) and equally Thailand has a comfortable lead of 38.3 points over Hong Kong (173.6). However, there is still pressure on the Chinese as the team only has 3 riders left after the elimination of one of the 4 team members during the cross country and so cannot afford the elimination of one of its riders in the showjumping any more than Hong Kong (who only had 3 riders to start with). Only Thailand finished the cross country ‘complete’ and can still call on its 4 riders.
As a reminder, Saumur Complet and its CCI3*L is the only chance for countries in Group F (Africa and the Middle East) and Group G (Oceania and South East Asia) to qualify a team for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two teams will qualify as a result of this weekend’s competition in Saumur. Then all that will remain for the 2 teams that qualify is for the 3 riders who make up the team to gain individual qualifications.
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