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The Olympic Games individual final | Thrills and spills (Part one)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016
The Olympic Games Rio 2016

The 35 best (plus equal scores) from the three previous individual qualifiers got to jump in Friday's final at the Olympic Games, and here are some of the thrills and spills that unfolded in Rio. First out Maikel van der Vleuten's Verdi that made his trademark buck over the finish line. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The come-back kings: Gold medal winners Nick Skelton and Big Star in action during the first round.
The come-back kings: Gold medal winners Nick Skelton and Big Star in action during the first round.

So unlucky: Harrie Smolders and Emerald had the very first fence down, but were clear for the rest... and qualified for the second round. Harrie decided not to jump the second round though.
So unlucky: Harrie Smolders and Emerald had the very first fence down, but were clear for the rest... and qualified for the second round. Harrie decided not to jump the second round though.

A happy Team Tops-Alexander after a clear round for Edwina and Lintea Tequila in the first round.
A happy Team Tops-Alexander after a clear round for Edwina and Lintea Tequila in the first round.

Cry me a river... Jeroen Dubbeldam and Zenith did a fantastic Games with only one foot in the water as their mistake. In the second round of the individual final however, luck was not on their side and the pair ended 0,02 seconds on the wrong side of the time allowed which prevented them from the jump-off for a medal.
Cry me a river... Jeroen Dubbeldam and Zenith did a fantastic Games with only one foot in the water as their mistake. In the second round of the individual final however, luck was not on their side and the pair ended 0,02 seconds on the wrong side of the time allowed which prevented them from the jump-off for a medal.

A clear round for Martin Fuchs and Clooney in the first round.
A clear round for Martin Fuchs and Clooney in the first round.

The face of disappointment for Tiffany Foster on Tripple X III after having the very last fence down on the difficult final line during the first round.
The face of disappointment for Tiffany Foster on Tripple X III after having the very last fence down on the difficult final line during the first round.

A happy groom and a happy Chef d'Equipe when Steve Guerdat and Nino du Buissonnets cleared the course.
A happy groom and a happy Chef d'Equipe when reigning Olympic Champions Steve Guerdat and Nino du Buissonnets cleared the course twice.

Carlo with his ears pricked as always! He jumped an amazing clear in the first round with Sergio Alvarez Moya.
Carlo with his ears pricked as always! He jumped an amazing clear in the first round with Sergio Alvarez Moya.

Sheikh Ali Al Thani performed outstanding with First Devision to go clear in both rounds of the individual final and reaching the jump-off, where two poles fell.
Sheikh Ali Al Thani performed outstanding with First Devision to go clear in both rounds of the individual final and reaching the jump-off, where two poles fell.

These two impressed all the way through: French reserve rider Philippe Rozier and Rahotep de Toscane that had to step in on the French team in the last minute.
These two impressed all the way through: French reserve rider Philippe Rozier and Rahotep de Toscane that had to step in on the French team in the last minute.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonacci had to step in on the German team on the day the competitions began in Rio. They contributed to a German bronze team medal, but after a misunderstanding on the first fence during round one of the individual final Meredith withdrew her friend and their Olympics ended.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonacci had to step in on the German team on the day the competitions began in Rio. They contributed to a German bronze team medal, but after a misunderstanding on the first fence during round one of the individual final Meredith withdrew her friend and their Olympics ended.

We would really like to know what made Steve Guerdat laugh like this.
We would really like to know what made Steve Guerdat laugh like this!

And he just couldn't stop!
And he just couldn't stop!

We love this pair: Pedro Veniss and Quabri de L'Isle.
We love this pair: Pedro Veniss and Quabri de L'Isle.

Several horses looked a bit tired on the last day in Rio, and Azur was one of them. But, she still fought; ending with only four faults in the first round.
Several horses looked a bit tired on the last day in Rio, and Azur was one of them. But, she still fought; ending with only four faults in the first round.

Thumbs up from Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet Z.
Thumbs up from Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet Z after a first clear round.

Kent Farrington and Voyeur delivered two beautiful clears to move on to the six-horse jump-off, where they unfortunately ended with two down and no medal.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur delivered two beautiful clears to move on to the six-horse jump-off, where they unfortunately ended with two down and no medal.

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady impressed over and over again by delivering one clear round after the other.
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady impressed over and over again by delivering one clear round after the other.

So did these two - Peder Fredricson and All In. In the end this pair was the only one being clear on the fences over all six tracks!
So did these two - Peder Fredricson and All In. In the end this pair was the only one being clear on the fences over all six tracks!

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