NZ eventing team bring home bronze
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:36p.m.
New Zealand have won their first medal at the London Olympics, claiming eventing team bronze.
With the top three scores counting, Andrew Nicholson on Nereo (45.00), Mark Todd riding Campino (46.50) Jonathan Paget with Clifton Promise (52.90) totalled 144.40.
It is New Zealand's 10th equestrian medal in Olympic history.
The gold medal went to defending champions Germany, who maintained their cool to retain their overnight lead, with Great Britain second.
Todd, New Zealand's greatest ever horse trials rider, is keeping his options open about whether to extend his Olympic career.
With seven Olympic appearances under his belt - a New Zealand record he shares with teammate Andrew Nicholson - he is uncertain whether he'll be there when Rio 2016 rolls around.
"I'm not going to say yes and I'm not going to say no," he says.
"It's been great being part of this team.
"If I'm still enthusiastic about it, I feel I can be competitive and I can be a useful member of the team, then I might be tempted."
If temptation becomes reality, Todd will, at 60, be the oldest competitor in New Zealand Olympic history.
His latest medal has taken his personal collection to five and he has become the country's oldest medallist, surpassing another eventer in Vicky Latta, who was 45 when she won team bronze in 1996.
He also equals the longest time span for winning medals set by Swedish sailor Tore Helm between 1920 and 1948 and matched by Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich between 1932 and 1960.
"I feel absolutely privileged to be in the position I am - 28 years after my first medal, I'm here with another medal around my neck," Todd says.
"I have the rest of the team to thank for that, the owners of my horses and everybody else involved. It's not just my effort."
Todd didn't have his top mount, Land Vision, with him in London because of injury.
But in combination with Campino, a relatively inexperienced eventing horse, he produced New Zealand's second-highest score - behind Nicholson and Nereo - in the team's competition.
With Campino tiring after a tough cross-country at Greenwich Park on Monday, the pair knocked down two fences in the final round of showjumping to finish the individual event 12th.
Nicholson and Nereo led the New Zealand challenge with a fourth placing, while Jock Paget, riding Clifton Promise, marked his first Olympics by coming 10th.
Caroline Powell (29th) and Jonelle Richards (32nd) did not qualify for the final showjumping round.
NZN / 3 News
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1/08/2012 10:23:05 a.m.
chrissie davies wrote:
1/08/2012 6:27:18 a.m.
Roni Henree wrote:
Well done team, made us proud
1/08/2012 12:56:19 a.m.
Maureen Spencer wrote:
Many congrats Kiwis on your Bronze in equestrienne!!! Wish your women's hockey team the best. Exciting tonight to see GB men's gymnastic team take bronze and the royals watching. I couldn't even hear the announcers! One minute silver, the next bronze, but if they say that was a handstand, so it was.
1/08/2012 12:03:58 a.m.
Katherine Raue wrote:
Yesssss! Congratulations to the equestrian team!
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