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Longines Rankings updated with Henrik von Eckermann taking the lead for the first time

Thursday, 04 August 2022
Rankings

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann is the new world no. one. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

 

Edited press release from FEI

 


 

Following an update to the Longines Rankings published by the FEI yesterday, 3 August 2022, Sweden’s Olympic gold medallist Henrik von Eckermann has been confirmed as the new world number one, taking the lead with 3119 points ahead of Martin Fuchs (SUI) on 3081 points and compatriot Peder Fredricson (SWE) with 2941 points. 

The rankings published on 3 August initially presented Fuchs as the world number one for the third consecutive month, however, it was revealed that the dates for the jumping events at the Olympic Games in Tokyo were not accurately represented in the FEI calendar, and therefore 25% of the points obtained by the jumping athletes at the Games were not taken into account. This has now been adjusted and the Longines Rankings have been recalculated and updated accordingly.  

Von Eckermann, a member of the Swedish team winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, has been in the Top 10 of the Longines Rankings for the past year and was sitting second on last month's ranking. It is the first time in his career that Von Eckermann is world no. one. 

“It feels like a big relief. It’s been a long way and it’s something I have always dreamed of. I believe it’s the biggest achievement of my career, it is one thing to win a competition and be at a great level for a weekend but to become world number one you need to be consistent in the long run and obtain 30 great results to reach more than 3000 points,” Von Eckermann said. 

“It all started at the last Olympics in Tokyo where we had a fantastic performance. Since then, thanks to my horses, in particular King Edward and Glamour Girl, and my whole team, we have had a very consistent year. They have definitely played a huge role and have helped me become the new number one in the world.”

Together with his Olympic superstar King Edward, Von Eckermann is now aiming for the prestigious title of World Champion, as he will be part of the team representing Sweden at the upcoming ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark.

“Going into the ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning as new world number one means that you want to prove that you are on the top of the ranking for a reason. It will be a very long and difficult week because so many things can go wrong… But overall I have an amazing feeling, King Edward is in great shape and me as well. I really look forward to compete at Herning,” Von Eckermann said. 

Conor Swail (IRL) remains as rank four on this month's list, while Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (BRA) makes a climb up from rank eight to five. Daniel Deusser (GER) stays as rank six, while Ben Maher (GBR) drops from five to seven. Harrie Smolders (NED), a former world no. one, jumps up from rank eleven to eight, while Julien Epaillard (FRA) climbs from rank thirteen to nine. Kent Farrington (USA) moves two spots up, going from rank twelve to ten, while Max Kühner (AUT), Mclain Ward (USA) and Kevin Staut (FRA) fall out of the Top 10 this month.

The ranking includes validated results from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2022.



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