Bronze for Cian O’Connor

August 8, 2012

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor has won a bronze medal in the individual jumping event at the London Olympics.

Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat claimed the gold medal with two faultless rounds, leaving O’Connor and Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands in joint second place on one penalty point.

That left O’Connor, aboard his horse Blue Lloyd 12 and Schroder on London in a jump-off on a redesigned course to decide the silver and bronze medal positions.

Schroder was first up in the jump-off, posting a faultless round in a time of 49.79, leaving O’Connor with a fast time to chase.

The Kildare rider set out on a blistering pace, determined to beat Schroder’s time and with just one fence to jump, he looked set to claim the silver medal.

However, ill fortune struck and Blue Lloyd clipped the final jump, picking up four penalty points and handing silver to Schroder.

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