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Steve Guerdat

Team Final: Switzerland finish on the 6th place

Wednesday 17 August 2016

This team final as well as medal was the clear goal of the Swiss team. Their performances prove they were right, even though they finished “only" on the 6th place (given the very high level and strong competitors this is still a very respectable result!). In fact, today they kept up with the best in a much more selective course and would even have been able to fight for the bronze medal, if they would not have had the 8 penalty points from the previous day. The disappointment was all the greater in view to the missed opportunity.

Steve Guerdat & Nino des Buissonnets - Rio 2016 - Day 3 (C) WorldofShowJumping.com Steve Guerdat & Nino des Buissonnets - Rio 2016 - Day 3 (C) WorldofShowJumping.com

Surely they deserved a medal ... at least in the homogeneity as a team, because all four Swiss riders qualified for the individual finals on Friday – and only the Germans did as well, so that is to be expected that Ludger Beerbaum would have to follow the final as supernumerary fourth as a spectator from the stands - and have finished the three qualifying jumping rounds with an identical total of 9 points! Since all four are equal on points, the Chef d'Equipe and the team need to take a decision, as the IOC only allows a maximum of three finalists by nation in any sport.

When entering the course today Steve Guerdat was twice under pressure, as on one hand there was a very minimal chance for a medal, but secondly he had to focus on his own qualification for the individual final. "I knew that I was allowed to have not more than one point for time fault to participate in the individual. So the pressure was there, but Nino really jumped very good", the rider from the Jura said after his round .... finishing with a result of: 1 point! He was only a few hundredths away from a clear round, but was pleased having achieved the qualification.

The Olympic champion may normally defend his title on Friday, as Chef d'Equipe Andy Kistler confirmed, what seems logical - but for the other three, it is a very strange situation!

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