The third day of the eventing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games saw sixty-five combinations come forward to tackle the cross-country stage, across the undulating ground in Deodoro.
Olympic debutant, Gemma Tattersall was first to go for Team GB with Quicklook V where they started well, but a spook at fence four saw a refusal. However, the pair produced some good riding around the course, but unfortunately incurred a second refusal with 40 penalties added to their dressage score along with 49.6 time faults, giving them a total of 136.80 penalty points.
“Unfortunately today, for whatever reason, she went very ‘green’. She jumped fence three absolutely enormously and I think that frightened her a bit as she certainly would never want to do anything wrong,” says Gemma.
Overnight leader William Fox-Pitt aboard Chilli Morning, equally incurred a refusal, but at fence twenty, providing them with 20 penalty points. The duo then finished just 26 seconds over the time allowed, so time faults were added leading to 67.40 penalties.
“I had a very good run, it’s just annoying that I went past that third element. It was really unfortunate and my fault entirely,” says William.
Third to go for Team GB was Pippa Funnell with the late Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz, where they flew around the course, but after riding well Pippa had an unlucky run-out near the end.
“I'm very proud of him,” says Pippa. “I’m just gutted for Yogi, the team and all the connections.”
Kitty King and Ceylor L A N had to wait till the end of the day to tackle the course. Kitty was unlucky at fence 11 with a run-out, which incurred 20 penalty points and added to their time faults saw them finish on a score of 53.60 penalties, and a total score of 100.40.
“There are a lot of positives to take out of it, and he still did a great job. He jumped really well in the warm-up and felt fantastic and he felt brilliant over the first few [fences]; as soon as he jumped the first two I thought we're going to have a good ride and we did," says Kitty.
After the cross-country Great Britain are lying in eighth place in the team standings; Australia lead the team competition, with New Zealand second and France in third.
Individual placings for Team GB athletes after the cross-country phase; William Fox-Pitt (22), Pippa Funnell (28), Kitty King (34) and Gemma Tattersall (44).