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Images | The top 15 at the European Championships

Friday, 25 August 2017
European Championships 2017

Tonight will be all about the team medals, but lets take a quick look at which riders are leading the way individually starting with no. 15: Reigning Vice Champion from Aachen in 2015 Gregory Wathelet – this time riding Coree, the mare he recently won the CSIO5* Grand Prix of Aachen on. The pair has a total of 4.65 penalties. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Israel's sole representative Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary impressed with a clear round yesterday, and now sit 14th with a total of 4.49 penalties. The pair won the CSI5* Grand Prix of Cascais earlier this summer.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Belgium is the only team to have all four riders within the Top 15: Here Jerome Guery and Grand Cru van de Rozenberg that is rank 13 on a score of 4.22 penalties. The couple was originally the reserves, but were thrown in at the last minute when Olivier Philippaerts injured himself during the warm-up.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Julia Houtzager-Kayser has showed brilliant form with Sterrehof's Cayetano Z, and sits as rank 12 on a score of 4.11. She is the only Austrian rider within the Top 15 at this point. The pair was recently third in the CSI4* Grand Prix of Ommen.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Pieter Devos and Espoir is one of the four Belgian pairs in the Top 15, and have a penalty score of 4.05. They were flying in yesterday's round, and continue their form from earlier this summer when they finished second in the CSI5* Grand Prix of Knokke.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Niels Bruynseels is the best of the Belgians, sitting 10th with the incredible Cas de Liberte. The two have really impressed in Gothenburg, being clear all the way to collect a penalty score of 3.84. Earlier in the spring, this pair won the CSIO4* Grand Prix of Linz.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Romain Duguet and Twentytwo des Biches finished as Vice Champions in the World Cup Final earlier this year, and yet again show what they are made of in Gothenburg jumping clear in the two first rounds. They sit 9th on a score of 3.28.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson It's tight on top. On a score of 2.82 follows Alberto Zorzi on the amazing Cornetto K, which places them 8th after two rounds. Together, these two won the CSI5* Grand Prix of Monaco back in June.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Ranked 6th is Ireland's Cian O'Connor and Good Luck, one of two Irish pairs in the Top 15. They have not touched a fence over the two last days, and will try to help their team to a medal tonight sitting third tied with Belgium. O'Connor and Good Luck recently won the CSIO5* Grand Prix of Sopot.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Shane Sweetnam and Chaqui Z is the other Irish couple in the Top 15, sitting 6th on a score of 2.10 just 0.15 separating them from O'Connor and Good Luck to illustrate how extremely small numbers are in between the riders that are among the best at this stage.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Martin Fuchs was the greatest warrior of yesterday's round when he managed to pull out a clear on a somewhat reluctant Clooney 51, bringing them up to 5th overall individually and into silver position with the Swiss team. Fuchs only has a score of 2.03 with him in the individual competition.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson The consistency that these two show is just incredible: Kevin Staut and Reveur de Hurtebise have again delivered for the French team, with two clear rounds and sit 4th overall on a penalty score of 0.91. This pair was also on the French gold medal winning team at last year's Olympics in Rio, and recently got themselves a five-star win in Knokke.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Recently second in the CSI5* Grand Prix of Aachen, Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun have already showed that they are in top form. Now they are ranked third in Gothenburg with an overall score of 0.67, and will do everything they can to defend the Portuguese honours at the Europeans.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson These two have looked absolutely spot-on over the two last days, with Marcus Ehning making every single difficulty look like a Sunday stroll aboard Pret A Tout. Sitting second on a score of only 0.59, it's looking good for this pair that recently were double clear for the winning German team in the CSIO5* Nations Cup of Aachen.

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Oh, the pressure... Peder Fredricson and H&M All In, home crowd favourites and Olympic silver medalists from last year's Games in Rio, hold the lead with their zero penalty score and also sit in gold-medal position with Sweden ahead of tonight's team final. The two have looked absolutely amazing over the last two days, can they keep it up?

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