Jasmin Lindner took double gold and Germany dominated in the Junior category in Le Mans at the World Senior Vaulting Championships and the Junior European Vaulting Championships.
It was Jasmin Lindner who stole the show, leading the class from the start and advancing her lead throughout the freestyle and technical rounds. Jasmin’s moves including a backwards handstand on the handles through to an inside bounce, impressed both the judges and audience. Her freestyle routine was clean aboard her horse Dr Doolittle 5, awarding her the gold medal with a score of 8,212 and the title of FEI Individual Female World Champion.
“It’s a great feeling because it is really surprising for me that I have won individual. I thought that I could make the top five. But I never thought I could win this championship,” said Jasmin.
Jasmin Lindner and Luckas Wacha also treated the audience to a Pas de deux masterclass repeating the feat they managed for the first time five years ago winning the FEI World Championship in Pas de deux.
In the men’s competition it was a gripping final as the top two competitors after the first round Clement Taillez and Lambert Leclezio both made errors in one of the five important technical test moves. But the Mauritian Lambert Leclezio’s final freestyle round with his team horse Quiece d’aunis showed Lambert’s unique strength and flexibility within his routine to score 8,593 landing the first ever gold Equestrian Vaulting medal for Mauritius. “I am relieved. It has been really a lot of work and I am really happy that we did it. We had the most fun in the final round,” said Lambert.
In the Senior team competition there was a nail biting final as Team Germany on Lazio lunged by Alexander Hartl led the class after the compulsory round by a significant margin. But Team France then amazed the crowds with their revolutionary style of vaulting which resembles different bird shapes, they were able to perform two incredible freestyle performances to score 8.343 and take the gold medal ahead of the German team.
After a strong Austrian presence in the Junior Female class over the last few years, the German representatives stole the show and largely dominated throughout the competition resulting in them taking home every medal on offer.
This year’s junior male competition was a highly competitive class which saw the leader change almost every round. However, it was Konstantin Näser who managed to put in four solid rounds to score a total of 7.479 continuing the German gold rush that day. In the Junior Pas de deux, Diana Harwardt and Julian Kögl won the Junior Pas de deux title for the first time for Germany since its inception in 2012.
For the junior team title, it was a duel between Germany and Switzerland with the latter coming through to win the competition by a narrow 0.028 margin in the final round.
Individual Senior Female: Gold – Jasmin Lindner (AUT) 8.212; Silver – Kristina Boe (GER) 8.108; Bronze – Anna Cavallaro (ITA) 7.992.
Individual Senior Male: Gold – Lambert Leclezio (MRI) 8.135; Silver – Vincent Haennel (FRA) 8.127; Bronze – Jannis Drewell (GER) 8.117.
Senior Pas de deux: Gold – Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha (AUT) 9.084; Silver – Janika Derks & Johannes Kay (GER) 8.435; Bronze – Simon & Lucie Chevrel (FRA) 8.370.
Senior Squad: Gold – France (FRA) 8.343; Silver – Germany (GER) 8.260; Bronze – Austria (AUT) 8.159.
Individual Junior Male: Gold – Konstantin Näser (GER) 7.479; Silver – Ludo Campïon (FRA) 7.459; Bronze – Leon Hüsgen (GER) 7.443
Individual Junior Female: Gold – Mara Xander (GER) 8.147; Silver – Franziska Peitzmeier (GER) 7.853; Bronze – Hannah Steverding (GER) 7.707.
Junior Pas De Deux: Gold – Diana Harwardt & Julian Kögl (GER) 7.989; Silver – Layla Anne Fraser & Lucy Mae Fraser (ESP) 7.239; Bronze – Clara Köpke & Lara Maurer (AUT) 7.143.