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Still a tiny chance for Germany to get to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona

Tuesday, 06 August 2013

After their win at Hickstead, there is a small chance that the German team will make it to Barcelona. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After the German team withdrew from the third leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe division 1 series due to the extreme weather and ground conditions, their chances for a place in the final in Barcelona looked slim – as they lost their opportunity to pick up points in St. Gallen. Their revenge has been sweet though. With wins from Rotterdam, Falsterbo and Hickstead – whereas no points were collected for the win in Falsterbo – and a third place and points from Aachen, there is now a tiny chance for the Germans to make it to the final.

Although Germany cannot pick up points in Dublin, the team can prevent others from doing so. Realistically it is all down to how Great Britain will do on Friday. According to our understanding of the rules Germany should be able to quailfy for the final if the Brits end 5th or further down on the result list, picking up 70 points or less. The British team will then end up with a maximum of 281,67 points which means that Germany with their 282 points should be in the final. An extremely good result from Spain in Dublin could mean trouble for Germany though; if they end first the Spanish team will pass Germany on the standings. Either way Spain will get to ride the final, as a home team not already qualified get to compete.

Standings ahead of the final leg in Dublin:

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