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Equestrianism at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Mixed Jumping, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012

Gold: SUI Steve Guerdat
Silver: NED Gerco Schröder
Bronze: IRL Cian O'Connor

Summary

The individual jumping title is always the most difficult to predict of all Olympic equestrian titles and with three former world champions in entry list it seemed that 2012 would not be an exception to the rule. The marginal favourite was Swedish rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, the European champion who also headed the world rankings, with the Swiss pair of Pius Schwizer and Steve Guerdat along with the veteran British rider Nick Skelton also being thought of as potential medallists. Bengtsson’s hopes were to be dashed on the morning of the final when he was forced to withdraw when his horse pulled up lame.

With four rider-horse teams clear over the fences in the two rounds of jumping, the medals were decided by time penalties. Guerdat became the first Swiss rider to win the title since 1924 by producing the only two rounds both clear and inside the time limit. In a jump-off between those with only a single time penalty each Gerco Schröder of the Netherlands capitalized on a mistake by Irishman Cian O'Connor to win the silver. Saudi rider Kamal Bahamdan was fourth despite not having made a jumping mistake – his two time penalties robbed him of a medal.

Schröder had little time to celebrate his Olympic medals as his horse, aptly named London, was seized from him as part of bankruptcy proceedings against the horse’s previous owners.

O’Connor had a strange journey towards his Olympic medal. After seemingly winning the gold medal at the Athens Olympics his title was stripped when his horse tested positive for an anti-psychotic drug. He was initially left out of the Irish team for London but when Denis Lynch’s horse [Lantinus] was excluded from a competition in Aachen for hypersensitivity in its’ legs, O’Connor was called up in his place and he survived an appeal from Lynch to the Court of Arbitration in Sport to reach London. His chances then appeared gone when he missed qualification for the final round but Bengtsson’s exit gave him a reprieve.

At 65 years of age Ian Millar produced another top 10 finish in his 10th Olympic Games. He became the first person to reach double figures in Olympic appearances, having first appeared in 1972 and only missing 11 appearances because of the 1980 Olympic boycott by Canada.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal
1 Steve Guerdat 30 Switzerland SUI Nino des Buissonnets Gold
2 Gerco Schröder 33 Netherlands NED London Silver
3 Cian O'Connor 32 Ireland IRL Blue Loyd 12 Bronze
4 Kamal Bahamdan 42 Saudi Arabia KSA Noblesse Des Tess
5T Alberto Michán 33 Mexico MEX Rosalia la Silla
5T Scott Brash 26 Great Britain GBR Hello Sanctos
5T Nick Skelton 54 Great Britain GBR Big Star
8 Rich Fellers 52 United States USA Flexible
9T Ian Millar 65 Canada CAN Star Power
9T Ben Maher 29 Great Britain GBR Tripple X
9T Marc Houtzager 41 Netherlands NED Tamino
12T Cassio Rivetti 32 Ukraine UKR Temple Road
12T Doda 39 Brazil BRA Rahmannshof's Bogeno
12T Pius Schwizer 49 Switzerland SUI Carlina IV
12T Olivier Guillon 40 France FRA Lord de Theize
12T Marcus Ehning 38 Germany GER Plot Blue
17T Paul Estermann 49 Switzerland SUI Castlefield Eclipse
17T Luciana Diniz-Knippling 41 Portugal POR Lennox
19 Simon Delestre 31 France FRA Napoli du Ry
20T Daniel Bluman 22 Colombia COL Sancha LS
20T Edwina Tops-Alexander 38 Australia AUS Itot du Chateau
22 Rodrigo Pessoa 39 Brazil BRA Rebozo
23T Henrik von Eckermann 31 Sweden SWE Allerdings
23T Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum 42 Germany GER Bella Donna
23T Jos Lansink 51 Belgium BEL Valentina van 't Heike
26T Dirk Demeersman 48 Belgium BEL Bufero van het Panishof
26T Jens Fredricson 44 Sweden SWE Lunatic
26T Prince Abdullah Al-Saud 27 Saudi Arabia KSA Davos
29T Gregory Wathelet 31 Belgium BEL Cadjanine Z
29T McLain Ward 36 United States USA Antares
29T Eric Lamaze 44 Canada CAN Derly Chin de Muze
29T Ramzy Al-Duhami 40 Saudi Arabia KSA Bayard van de Villa Theresia
33 Taizo Sugitani 36 Japan JPN Avenzio
34 Kevin Staut 31 France FRA Silvana
35 Julia Hargreaves 26 Australia AUS Vedor
36 José Larocca 43 Argentina ARG Royal Power
37 Maikel van der Vleuten 24 Netherlands NED Verdi
38 Rolf-Göran Bengtsson 50 Sweden SWE Casall la Silla
39T Jur Vrieling 42 Netherlands NED Bubalu
39T Werner Muff 38 Switzerland SUI Kiamon
41T James Paterson-Robinson 33 Australia AUS Lanosso
41T Björn Nagel 34 Ukraine UKR Niack de l'Abbaye
41T Janne Friederike Meyer 31 Germany GER Lambrasco
44 Nicolás Pizarro 33 Mexico MEX Crossing Jordan
45 José Roberto Fernández Filho 32 Brazil BRA Maestro St. Lois
47T Philippe Le Jeune 52 Belgium BEL Vigo d'Arsouilles
47T Jill Terciera 41 Bermuda BER Bernadien van Westuur
47T Jill Henselwood 49 Canada CAN George
47T Penelope Leprevost 31 France FRA Mylord Carthago
47T Reed Kessler 18 United States USA Cylana
51T Karim El-Zoghby 35 Egypt EGY Wervel Wind
51T Abdullah Sharbatly 29 Saudi Arabia KSA Sultan
53T Rodrigo Díaz 33 Colombia COL Royal Vinckenburg
53T Tomás Couve 40 Chile CHI Underwraps
53T Federico Fernández 44 Mexico MEX Victoria
56T Billy Twomey 35 Ireland IRL Tinka's Serenade
56T Carlos Milthaler 41 Chile CHI Hyo Altanero
58 Katharina Offel 35 Ukraine UKR Vivant
59 Samuel Parot 47 Chile CHI Al Calypso
60 Camal Rəhimov 24 Azerbaijan AZE Warrior
61 Rodrigo Carrasco 36 Chile CHI Or de la Charboniere
62 Ahmad Hamcho 19 Syria SYR Wonderboy
63 Alejandro Madorno 40 Argentina ARG Milano de Flore
64 Vladimir Tuganov 51 Russia RUS Lancero
65 Peter Charles 52 Great Britain GBR Vindicat
66T Ibrahim Bisharat 28 Jordan JOR Vrieda O
66T Jaime Azcárraga 52 Mexico MEX Gangster
68 Christian Ahlmann 37 Germany GER Codex One
69 Oleksandr Onishchenko 43 Ukraine UKR Comte d'Arsouilles
70 Reiko Takeda 27 Japan JPN Ari
71T Matt Williams 27 Australia AUS Watch Me
71T Carlos Ribas 39 Brazil BRA Wilexo
71T Lisen Bratt 36 Sweden SWE Matrix
71T Beezie Madden 48 United States USA Via Volo
AC Tiffany Foster 28 Canada CAN Victor DQ