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Equestrianism at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Field of Mars, Chapultepec Park, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 25, 1968
Date Finished: October 25, 1968
Format: Two rounds, total score to determine placement.

Gold: URS Ivan Kizimov
Silver: FRG Josef Neckermann
Bronze: FRG Reiner Klimke

Summary

As in 1964 there was a preliminary round with riders advancing to a final round, although seven riders advanced in 1968 as opposed to six in 1964. The final score of the top seven consisted of their total score in both rounds. The program consisted of 33 movements. West German Josef Neckermann had a seemingly insurmountable lead after the preliminary round, 40 points ahead of Soviet Ivan Kizimov, but when Neckermann opened the final round, there was some noise in the audience and his mount, [Mariano], became nervous and rode poorly. They would place last in the final and drop back to second, with Kizimov having by far the best final round to win the gold medal. Neckermann’s teammate Reiner Klimke won the bronze medal. Klimke would repeat as bronze medalist in 1976 and win gold in this event in 1984. In his Olympic dressage career from 1960-88, he won eight medals, with six golds, five in the team event. Neckermann competed at the Olympics from 1960-72, winning six medals, two of each color. He is considered to have been one of the wealthiest private citizen Olympians ever.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Ivan Kizimov 40 Soviet Union URS Ikhor Gold 1,572
2 Josef Neckermann 56 West Germany FRG Mariano Silver 1,546
3 Reiner Klimke 32 West Germany FRG Dux Bronze 1,537
4 Ivan Kalita 41 Soviet Union URS Absent 1,519
5 Horst Köhler 29 East Germany GDR Neuschnee 1,475
6 Yelena Petushkova 27 Soviet Union URS Pepel 1,471
7 Gustav Fischer 52 Switzerland SUI Wald 1,465
8 Liselott Linsenhoff 41 West Germany FRG Piaff 855
9 Henri Chammartin 50 Switzerland SUI Wolfdietrich 845
10 Marianne Gossweiler 25 Switzerland SUI Stephan 836
11 Margaret Lawrence 43 Great Britain GBR San Fernando 793
12 Gerhard Brockmüller 27 East Germany GDR Tristan 789
13 Lorna Johnstone 66 Great Britain GBR El Guapo 777
14 Johanna Hall 34 Great Britain GBR Conversano Caprice 762
15 Inez Fischer-Credo 40 Canada CAN Marius 732
16T Guillermo Squella 45 Chile CHI Colchaguino 693
16T Wolfgang Müller 37 East Germany GDR Marios 693
18 Federico Serrano 24 Mexico MEX Marko 689
19 Christilot Hanson-Boylen 21 Canada CAN Bonheur 677
20 Antonio Piraíno 40 Chile CHI Ciclón 672
21 Kyra Downton 54 United States USA Cadet 657
22 Patricio Escudero 33 Chile CHI Prete 650
23 Edith Master 36 United States USA Helios 646
24 Donnan Plumb 30 United States USA Attache 616
25 Zoltan Sztehlo 46 Canada CAN Virtuose 603
26 Julio Herrera 57 Mexico MEX Otard 537