The 33 year-old competitor now qualifies for the penultimate decider at the Games, Friday’s Individual Championship Grand Prix, from which the world’s top four riders will emerge to do battle in Saturday’s Rolex Top Four. The winner of that becomes World Champion for the next four years.
Afterwards Twomey said: “The mare gave me a great ride, and I’m delighted with her. From start to finish I don’t think she laid a toe on anything. She also seemed to relish the sight of the jumps, so I’m not scared if they build them bigger and more difficult on Friday.”
Twomey, jumping as an individual in the Team Final after the Irish team failed to qualify, finished with 6.54 penalty points from his three championship rounds to date. Fellow-countrymen Denis Lynch and Dermott Lennon did not qualify for Friday’s individual final, finishing in 46th and 63rd place, respectively. Cian O’Connor did not compete in last night’s round, having withdrawn his mare from the games earlier when she suffered a twisted fetlock.
Germany won the Gold Medal in team jumping last night, with France second and Belgium third.