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Equestrianism at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre, Markopoulo
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 2004
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping. Top 25 after first round of jumping advanced to second round of jumping - limit of three riders per nation.

Gold: GBR Leslie Law
Silver: USA Kim Severson
Bronze: GBR Pippa Funnell

Summary

Pippa Funnell of Great Britain had dominated eventing in 2003, winning the “Grand Slam of Eventing” with victories at Burleigh, Lexington and Badminton, but it was felt the change of format was detrimental to her chances. The husband and wife pairing of Australian Andrew Hoy and his wife Bettina, riding for Germany, were expected to figure prominently as were riders from France, including World champion Jean Teulere, the USA and New Zealand. The competition ran concurrently with the team competition with the addition of an extra round of jumping for the top twenty-five in the standings which would decide the individual medals.

Nicolas Touzaint of France held the lead after the dressage phase with Funnell and Bettina Hoy close on his heels. The use of the short format cross country phase meant that over three-quarters of the field finished without either a fall or a refusal and also that a finish within the time limit became even more important. Most of the top riders kept in contention though Andew Hoy suffered a fall and Pippa Funnell conceded ground when her horse was too slow around the course. Touzaint increased his lead slightly with Bettina Hoy moving to second and American Kim Severson third.

The fifth and six placed riders Ingrid Klimke of Germany and Britain’s William Fox-Pitt withdrew prior to the compulsory veterinary inspection when it became apparent that their horses could not continue.

Touzaint and Severson both knocked one fence down in the first round of jumping whilst Bettina Hoy appeared to have produced a faultless round and closed the gap on the leader. During the intervals between the two rounds the Grand Jury announced that Hoy had been penalised with fourteen time faults. Television pictures revealed she had crossed the start line, triggering the electronic timing, and then turned full circle and crossed the start line again.

A meeting of the Jury of Appeal was convened after a German protest and “In the interests of fairness” Hoy’s score was returned to its’ original mark. The judge in charge of the timing had, against the rules, re-set the primary timer to zero when the rider passed the starting beam on the second occasion. An FEI spokesman said that "The change of the result is due to a wrong start procedure, which has been confirmed by the jury."

Eleventh after the cross country, Leslie Law had posted a clear round in the first round of jumping and the Briton repeated this feat in the second round. He then watched as both Pippa Funnell and Kim Severson knocked a single fence over and fell behind him in the standings. It was then the turn of Hoy to compete, she also made a single mistake and was also over the time allowed but it was enough to keep her ahead of Law. The last rider was the leader, Nicolas Touzaint, his advantage was such that he could afford to knock over two fences and still win the gold. Touzaint’s chances, even of a medal, were over before the halfway point of the round. He knocked down four fences and added three time penalties as well to ensure that Bettina Hoy was Olympic champion.

The French, British and US teams immediately launched an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport concerning the results. On the 20th of August the C.A.S released their decision; The C.A.S. said the judges' decision should not have been reversed by the FEI because the body had no right to do so. The Jury of Appeal had only the right to make decisions regarding the interpretation of rules and the C.A.S said it decided that the judges' decision to impose a time penalty on Hoy ''was of a purely factual nature, falling within its exclusive jurisdiction.''

Hoy’s added penalties meant that she dropped back to ninth place and Leslie Law was elevated to Olympic champion. Kim Severson and Pippa Funnell moved to silver and bronze respectively. Law had ridden his luck to the title, his horse Shear L'Eau was notoriously suspicious of water obstacles on the cross country phase and had struggled in Athens to the point of landing on top of one of the fences. He struggled over the fence and was similarly lucky in the both jumping phases when poles rattled, bounced but somehow stayed horizontal. Law had returned home before the C.A.S. revealed their decision and had the unusual sensation of being told he was a gold medallist by phone call whilst riding in a competition for novice horses in the English Midlands. He was later awarded his medal during a reception for the British Olympic team at Buckingham Palace.

This was not the end of the controversy concerning the three-day event. In October 2004 the FEI revealed that two horses had returned positive dope tests, Austrian Harald Riedl and his horse Foxy XX were disqualified from the event but the circumstances concerning the other positive test were more contentious. It was revealed that Bettina Hoy’s horse Ringwood Cockatoo had Hydroxy Diphenhydramine in his system. Hoy stated that she had approached “a man in a white coat” who she believed was an FEI vet and was given verbal permission to administer the drug. Despite the fact that written permission must be given before this drug can be legally administered to a horse, she was cleared of any wrongdoing and her results were allowed to stand.

The “man in a white coat” has never been identified.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Leslie Law 39 Great Britain GBR Shear L'Eau Gold -44.4
2 Kim Severson 30 United States USA Winsome Adante Silver -45.2
3 Pippa Funnell 35 Great Britain GBR Primmore's Pride Bronze -46.6
4 Jean Teulère 50 France FRA Espoir De La Mare -50.4
5 Hinrich Romeike 41 Germany GER Marius 110 -51.2
6 Amy Tryon 34 United States USA Poggio II -51.8
7 Heelan Tompkins 26 New Zealand NZL Glengarrick -52.0
8 Nicolas Touzaint 24 France FRA Galan De Sauvagère -52.4
9 Bettina Overesch-Böker-Hoy 41 Germany GER Ringwood Cockatoo -55.6
10 Constantin Van Rijckevorsel 28 Belgium BEL Withcote Nellie -58.4
11 Rebel Morrow 27 Australia AUS Oaklea Groover -60.2
12 Darren Chiacchia 39 United States USA Windfall 2 -60.6
13 Phillip Dutton 40 Australia AUS Nova Top -62.8
14 Andreas Dibowski 38 Germany GER Little Lemon B -63.0
15 Matthew Grayling 40 New Zealand NZL Revo -63.2
16 Karin Donckers 33 Belgium BEL Gormley -64.4
17 Magnus Gällerdal 25 Sweden SWE Keymaster -71.8
18 Blyth Tait 43 New Zealand NZL Ready Teddy -73.0
19 Harald Ambros 24 Austria AUT Miss Ferrari -73.2
20 Mary Thomson-King 43 Great Britain GBR King Solomon III -74.0
21 Mark Kyle 31 Ireland IRL Drunken Disorderly -75.0
22 Jaroslav Hatla 31 Czech Republic CZE Kyrenejennalla's Boy -75.0
23 Niall Griffin 26 Ireland IRL Lorgaine -83.2
24 Giovanni Menchi 28 Italy ITA Hunefer -88.4
25 Didier Courrèges 44 France FRA Debat D'Estruval -105.6
AC Frank Ostholt 28 Germany GER Air Jordan 2 DNQ
AC Jeanette Brakewell 30 Great Britain GBR Over to You DNQ
AC John Williams 39 United States USA Carrick DNQ
AC Julie Black-Burns Richards 33 United States USA Jacob Two Two DNQ
AC Cédric Lyard 32 France FRA Fine Merveille DNQ
AC Daniel Jocelyn 33 New Zealand NZL Silence DNQ
AC Susan Shortt 38 Ireland IRL Just Beauty Queen DNQ
AC Jennifer Eicher 41 Switzerland SUI Agent Mulder DNQ
AC Sara Algotsson Ostholt 29 Sweden SWE Robin Des Bois DNQ
AC Stefano Brecciaroli 29 Italy ITA Cappa Hill DNQ
AC Tim Collins 28 Bermuda BER Delton Magna DNQ
AC Hendrik Degros 29 Belgium BEL Mr. Noppus DNQ
AC Stuart Tinney 39 Australia AUS Jeepster DNQ
AC Kamil Rajnert 27 Poland POL Marengo DNQ
AC Mike Winter 29 Canada CAN Balista DNQ
AC Bruce Mandeville 44 Canada CAN Larissa DNQ
AC Linda Algotsson 32 Sweden SWE Stand By Me DNQ
AC Dolf Desmedt 24 Belgium BEL Bold Action DNQ
AC Raul de Senna 21 Brazil BRA Super Rocky DNQ
AC Harald Siegl 32 Austria AUT Gigant 2 DNQ
AC Carlos Grave 46 Portugal POR Laughton Hills DNQ
AC Rafael de Gouveira Junior 21 Brazil BRA Mozart DNQ
AC Fabio Magni 37 Italy ITA Vent D'Arade DNQ
AC Sasha Harrison 28 Ireland IRL All Love Du Fenaud DNQ
AC Sérgio Marins 34 Brazil BRA Rally LF DNQ
AC Pongsiree Bunluewong 19 Thailand THA Eliza Jane DNQ
AC Andrzej Pasek 30 Poland POL Dekalog DNQ
AC Eddy Stibbe 55 Netherlands Antilles AHO Dusky Moon DNQ
AC André Paro 29 Brazil BRA Land Heir DNQ
AC Garry Roque 44 Canada CAN Waikura DNQ
AC Susanna Bordone 22 Italy ITA Ava DNQ
AC Andrew Hoy 45 Australia AUS Mr Pracatan DNQ
AC Remo Tellini 31 Brazil BRA Special Reserve DNQ
AC Heidi Antikatzidis 27 Greece GRE Michaelmas DNQ
AC Andrew Nicholson 43 New Zealand NZL Fenicio DNQ
AC Edmond Gibney 30 Ireland IRL Kings Highway DNQ
AC Pepo Puch 38 Croatia CRO Banville D'Ivoy DNQ
AC Hawley Bennett-Awad 27 Canada CAN Livingstone DNQ
AC Marisa Cortesi 34 Switzerland SUI Peppermint III DNQ
AC Paweł Spisak 22 Poland POL Weriusz DNQ
AC Ian Roberts 45 Canada CAN Mata-Riki DNQ
AC Margit Appelt 29 Austria AUT Ice On Fire DNQ
AC Ingrid Klimke 36 Germany GER Sleep Late DNF
AC William Fox-Pitt 35 Great Britain GBR Tamarillo DNF
AC Olivia Bunn 25 Australia AUS GV Top Of The Line DNF
AC Viorel Bubău 43 Romania ROU Carnaval DNF
AC Andreas Zehrer 38 Austria AUT Rämmi Dämmi DNF
AC Joris Van Springel 41 Belgium BEL Over And Over DNF
AC Arnaud Boiteau 30 France FRA Expo Du Moulin DNF
AC Harald Riedl 42 Austria AUT Foxy XX DNQ/DQ (horse doping)