Aussies Lead After Olympic Eventing Cross-Country

Australia topped both the eventing team and individual rankings after cross-country concluded Monday.
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Team Australia, eventing team gold medalists in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), and Sydney (2000), led both the team and individual standings in Olympic eventing yesterday (Aug. 8) after cross-country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Equestrian Venue, in Deodoro. They topped the teams with a combined 150.3 score and Christopher Burton sitting in pole position in the individual rankings with Santano II. But their neighbors from New Zealand were stalking them closely going into today’s final show jumping phase, just 4.5 penalties adrift, with the French in hot pursuit a further 6.2 points off the pace.

Team Germany, London 2012 team gold medalists and leaders after dressage, dropped to fourth on 172.8, while Britain’s William Fox-Pitt plummeted from first on the individual leaderboard to 22nd after a runout at the final element of the Ski Jump at fence 20.

The statistics tell the tale of a challenging cross-country day, with eight of the 13 teams reduced to just three team members, and Teams USA and Russia no longer in contention after retirements and eliminations.

Only Brazil, France, and Great Britain would have four-member teams as today’s action began

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