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Equestrianism at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Avarando Golf Club, Avándaro, Valle de Bravo
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: FRA Jean-Jacques Guyon
Silver: GBR Derek Allhusen
Bronze: USA Michael Page

Summary

The endurance course with 35 jumps was designed by Mario Becerril who had competed in the 1952 Olympic three-day event. It poured rain on the endurance day, and although it lasted for only 30 minutes, the small two-meter stream serving as obstacle number 34 grew to reach up to 12 metres in width, with no visible take-off point. Several horses were clearly in distress due to the heavy rain that started after 30 of the 49 riders had gone out. This gave a huge advantage to the early starters. The course was very difficult and two horses died, probably exacerbated by the altitude problem that also affected the distance runners in Mexico City, as the two horse fatalities – [Ballerina] from the Soviet Union and [Loughlin] from Ireland – occurred before the downpour.

The dressage leaders were Soviets Aleksandr Yevdokimov and [German Gazyumov,] followed by East German Ulrich Vite, but they had little bearing on the medal race, as Vite did not finish the event, Yevdokimov finished 21st, and Gazyumov was 10th. The endurance phase set up the medals as American Jimmy Wofford had the best ride, followed by his teammate Michael Page, and Britain’s Richard Meade. However, France’s Jean-Jacques Guyon moved into the lead after the endurance ride, followed by Wofford, Britain’s Derek Allhusen, and then Meade and Page. Defending gold medalist Mauro Checcoli of Italy was eliminated in the endurance ride.

Guyon finished only in a tie for 16th in the jumping with 10.25 faults, but it was enough to secure him the gold medal. The jumping was led by France’s Jean Sarrazin and Ireland’s Diana Wilson, who both had clean rides. Allhusen moved up to the silver medal and Page won the bronze, when Wofford struggled in jumping with 43.75 faults, dropping him down to sixth place overall, and Meade also had problems, finishing with 22.25 faults, but he moved up to fourth. Meade would return in 1972 and win the gold medal in the event.

Tommy Brennan of Ireland and his horse [March Hawk] were swept away as they tried to jump the main stream. The horse swam to safety but Brennan, a non-swimmer, nearly drowned before he was dragged onto dry land.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Jean-Jacques Guyon 35 France FRA Pitou Gold -38.86
2 Derek Allhusen 54 Great Britain GBR Lochinvar Silver -41.61
3 Michael Page 30 United States USA Foster Bronze -52.31
4 Richard Meade 29 Great Britain GBR Cornishman V -64.46
5 Ben Jones 35 Great Britain GBR The Poacher -69.86
6 Jimmy Wofford 23 United States USA Kilkenny -74.06
7 Juliet Jobling-Purser 25 Ireland IRL Jenny -79.11
8 Wayne Roycroft 22 Australia AUS Zhivago -94.95
9 Robin Hahn 35 Canada CAN Taffy -95.41
10 German Gazyumov 32 Soviet Union URS Fugas -95.70
11 Horst Karsten 32 West Germany FRG Adagio -102.96
12 André le Goupil 37 France FRA Olivette B -107.26
13 Brien Cobcroft 34 Australia AUS Depeche -108.76
14 J. Michael Plumb 28 United States USA Plain Sailing -119.50
15 Bill Roycroft 53 Australia AUS Warrathoola -127.55
16 Alessandro Argenton 31 Italy ITA Diambo de Nora -160.41
17 James Scanlon 20 Australia AUS The Furtive -162.21
18 Jane Bullen 20 Great Britain GBR Our Nobby -164.01
19 Ernesto del Castillo 38 Mexico MEX Codicioso -170.60
20 Ramón Mejía 25 Mexico MEX Centinela -182.90
21 Aleksandr Yevdokimov 21 Soviet Union URS Fat -192.60
22 Jochen Mehrdorf 28 West Germany FRG Lapislazuli -199.41
23 Paolo Angioni 30 Italy ITA King -210.01
24 Klaus Wagner 46 West Germany FRG Abdulla -215.85
25 Karl-Heinz Fuhrmann 31 East Germany GDR Saturn -218.25
26 Diana Wilson 34 Ireland IRL Chianti Rosso -228.91
27 Uwe Plank 28 East Germany GDR Kranich -231.01
28 Helmut Hartmann 32 East Germany GDR Ingwer -241.46
29 José Eugenio Acosta 26 Argentina ARG Oligarca -277.96
30 Evaristo Avalos 34 Mexico MEX Ludmila II -278.06
31 Norman Elder 28 Canada CAN Questionnaire -332.46
32 Jean Sarrazin 34 France FRA Joburg -359.71
33 Barry Sonshine 20 Canada CAN Durlas Eile -359.81
34 Carlos Moratorio 38 Argentina ARG Hijo Manso -363.26
35 Alan Ehrlick 22 Canada CAN The Nomad -400.60
AC Roberto Pistarini 20 Argentina ARG Warti DNF
AC Pavel Deyev 26 Soviet Union URS Paket DNF
AC Giuseppe Ravano 25 Italy ITA Lord Jim DNF
AC Lutz Gössing 30 West Germany FRG Arved DNF
AC Mikio Chiba 33 Japan JPN Josephine DNF
AC Penelope Moreton 36 Ireland IRL Loughlin DNF
AC Jean-Louis Martin 29 France FRA Quel Feu DNF
AC Kevin Freeman 26 United States USA Chalan DNF
AC Mauro Checcoli 25 Italy ITA Sunbeam DNF
AC Ulrich Vite 24 East Germany GDR Hubertus DNF
AC Jorge Bedoya 38 Argentina ARG Naranjo DNF
AC Tommy Brennan 28 Ireland IRL March Hawk DNF
AC Svetozar Glushkov 28 Soviet Union URS Balerina DNF
AC Eduardo Higareda 31 Mexico MEX Samuray Azteca DNF