Townend is FEI world number 1

Oliver Townend is eventing's new world number one, the FEI has announced. 

 Oliver Townend celebrating victory in Kentucky last weekend. (Pic: Michelle Dunn)

Oliver Townend celebrating victory in Kentucky last weekend. (Pic: Michelle Dunn)

The British-born rider, who is currently based in Shropshire, took the title after winning the Kentucky CCI4* last weekend. 

The announcement sees Oliver knock Germany's Michael Jung off the top spot – a position that Jung has held since 2015. 

It comes ahead of this year's Badminton, where a victory from Townend would see him win the Rolex Grand Slam for consecutive victories at Burghley, Kentucky and Badminton.

It's a title that has previously been achieved by Michael Jung and Britain's Pippa Funnell. 

Following the news of the latest FEI World Eventing rankings, Oliver said: "It's very good. I like the sound of that!

"It has been a while. I only had a fleeting spell as number one once upon a time, and especially to knock someone off who has been there for so long is very, very good."

Following Oliver in the rankings, Jung drops down to number two, with Tim Price third, Gemma Tattersall fourth and Ros Canter fifth.

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