Aoife Clark added to Ireland’s Eventing success at the Olympics this afternoon (Tuesday) by finishing seventh in the Individual Final.
The 30 year-old, riding the bay gelding Master Crusoe, qualified for the final with a textbook clear show jumping round in this morning’s Team Final, and repeated the magic this afternoon to end the day on 52.50 penalties, just 11.9 points behind Germany’s Individual Gold Medallist Michael Jung.
Mullingar’s Joseph Murphy with the 11 year-old Electric Cruise also went clear in the individual final, finishing 14th overall, while Wicklow’s Mark Kyle and Coolio had four faults to complete the afternoon in 21st place.
The Irish team, which included Camilla Speirs and Michael Ryan, both eliminated after falls on the cross country course yesterday, claimed an historic fifth place finish in the Eventing team competition.
All the Irish Olympic mounts were Irish Sport Horses.
It was a magnificent performance by the riders and their performance support team led by Ginny Elliot.