Switzerland’s Guerdat Dominates Individual Olympic Jumping Standings


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2012 Olympic jumping individual medalists Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands (silver), Steve Guerdat of Switzerland (gold), and Cian O'Connor (bronze). Photo by Jennifer Bryant. 

None of the British team jumping gold medalists stood on the individual jumping medal podium today. Instead, one member each of the silver-medal Dutch team and the fourth-placed Swiss team, plus one individual competitor, bested such well-knowns as Nick Skelton, Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Rodrigo Pessoa, and the two U.S. qualifiers, McLain Ward and Rich Fellers.

The only rider to achieve fault-free trips in both rounds of the individual competition was Swiss competitor Steve Guerdat, 30, on the eleven-year-old Selle Francais gelding Nino des Buissonnets (by Kannan).

Dutch team silver medalist Gerco Schroder, 24, blazed around Bob Ellis’s jump-off course aboard London, a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion by Nabab de Reve, to finish with zero faults and the individual silver. Irish individual competitor Cian O’Connor, 33, had one rail with mount Blue Loyd 12, a twelve-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Landor S, to take the individual bronze

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