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Bronze for Beezie! Madden Outruns Six in Jump-Off for Individual Medal at 2008 Olympic Games
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August 21, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Hong Kong, China - Under the unsettled skies of the impending typhoon the individual medals were decided by not one but two jump-offs. America's Beezie Madden and Authentic out ran six other combinations to be the fastest of the four faulters to win her first individual medal.
"In the Olympics there is usually a jump off for medals," said Madden. "So we expected it. When it ended up being seven to jump off for the bronze it made for a very exciting day."
Canada's Eric Lamaze rode Hickstead to another clear round in the jump-off for Gold and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Ninja had one down in the Gold medal jump-off to end up with Silver for Sweden. They were the only two combinations to jump clear in both rounds. Hickstead jumped four out of five clear rounds (plus he jumped off for the team medals) throughout the entire competition. Madden and Lamaze both take home Team and Individual medals and Lamaze won the first individual show jumping gold medal for Canada.
"I have all the confidence that he will go clear," said Lamaze of Hickstead.
The horse rewarded his faith.
Authentic did have the final part of the triple combination down in the second round but four faults was good enough to return to the ring to jump off for the bronze.
Authentic has a reputation for being very, very fast. Their time of 35.25 was the fastest in the Bronze medal jump-off. Madden made a risky move, jumping over some brush to shave seconds off her time. It made the difference.
"McLain pulled it off," said Madden of her teammate McLain Ward. "He paved the way, I didn't think you could do it so it was thanks to him. It was kind of fun out there, jumping the brush - he's brave and handy so it worked well for him. He's always been a fast horse."
Madden was the first US rider to return to the ring for the first round of the Individual Final with Authentic. Abigail Wexner's seasoned veteran, who has won two consecutive Team Gold medals in addition to the Individual Bronze, jumped in his usual phenomenal clear, looking very bright.
"He felt great tonight," said Madden from Cazenovia, NY after the first round. "He had lots of energy, he's ready to go again."
Ward, from Brewster, NY, and Sapphire were absolutely fantastic over the first three rounds, having just one foot in the water on Monday night in their successful Team title defense on Monday. Now 13, Sapphire has somehow continued to improve since the last Olympics and her performance over the last three rounds has been exceptional.
Ward joined Madden in the jump-off after redeeming their first round rail with a textbook clear in round two.
"The second round, she was good," said Ward. "We tried our best. The course was very difficult which is what we were hoping for. My horse was spectacular in both rounds ¬- one fence down all week."
The Belgian mare owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ward and Tom Grossman, flew through the jump-off and were the first pair to take the short cut and jump the brush. They looked golden until the very last fence where Ward took a big risk and Sapphire couldn't quite get it done.
"I wanted to win a medal and we tried our very, very hardest," said Ward about jumping the brush. "I tried to leave it out at the last too but we ended up too far away. I had to try. We gave it everything we had."
They had one rail down in the first round, but they went through to the second round with 11 other four faulters.
"She jumped brilliantly," said Ward after the first round. "I was a little quiet into the triple, I was worried about B so I under rode A. I needed more leg. I can't fault how she jumped."
Laura Kraut and Happy Hill Farm's Cedric didn't go through to the second round after having eight faults in round one. The 10-year-old Dutch gelding was his usual impressive self but he put a toe on the tape in the water and then Kraut made a mistake at the narrow plank.
"I am really happy with him," she said. "I was totally focused on the team, I hadn't really considered the individual . He barely had the water and had jumped it well all week. I was too deep to the skinny, he did everything he could to try to jump it clean. I'm thrilled with him, this isn't hard for him."
Cedric has grown up during these Games, he arrived as one of the most inexperienced horses here, but he will head home a much more seasoned horse.
"I have set my sights on Kentucky (for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010)," said Kraut, who lives in Wellington, FL. "And then London, he's only 10."
Kraut heads to Barcelona for the Samsung Super League with FEI final when she leaves Hong Kong.
All four American show jumping riders qualified for the Individual Final, but unfortunately for Simpson, under the Olympic rules, only the top three got to jump. This meant that Will Simpson and Carlsson vom Dach (whose fantastic clear in the jump off clinched the Team Gold medal for the USA on Monday night) had to watch from the sidelines.
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Doping/Medication Cases at the 2008 Olympic Games and Report by the Second Vice President on Dressage
The following combinations will not be competing in the Jumping individual final competition held tonight (Thursday, 21 August). They have been provisionally suspended by the FEI further to doping/medication control tests that indicated the presence of capsaicin in each horse.
Bernardo Alves (BRA) Chupa Chup
Christian Ahlmann (GER) Cöster
Denis Lynch (IRL) Latinus
Tony Andre Hansen (NOR) Camiro
Capsaicin is classified as a« doping » prohibited substance given its hypersensitizing properties, and as a « medication class A » prohibited substance for its pain relieving properties.
As previously communicated, the FEI provisionally suspends all competitors who test positive in doping or positive medication cases at the Olympic Games in the interests of the integrity of the sport.
As a clarification, Will Simpson and Carlsson vom Dach did not have a positive drug test as has been reported in the foreign media.
Per the Olympic rules, a maximum of three riders per nation are allowed to jump in the individual portion of the competition. Simpson was the fourth placed US combination so that is why he did not jump.
Christian Ahlmann was notified of his suspension yesterday evening (Wednesday, 20 August) further to receipt of the test results by the FEI from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Laboratory yesterday afternoon.
A preliminary hearing was held at 10h00 this morning (21 August) before a member of the FEI Tribunal who confirmed the suspension.
The other riders - Tony Andre Hansen, Bernardo Alves, Denis Lynch - were notified earlier today (21 August) further to receipt of their positive test results this morning. All three of them were provisionally suspended.
Preliminary hearings were held with the respective National Federations in the following order: 14h00 - Brazil; 15h00 - Ireland; 16h00 - Norway. The hearings were held before a member of the FEI Tribunal who confirmed the suspension.
Confirmatory analysis of the B-samples will be carried out very shortly according to the accelerated procedure in place for the Olympic Games. Upon report of a positive B-sample result, evidence and written submissions will be requested from the rider, and a three member panel of the FEI Tribunal will be appointed. This panel should take a decision as to the applicable sanctions as early as possible further to the accelerated procedure, and providing for a hearing to be held as necessary. The competition results will be amended as indicated in the Tribunal's final decision.
REPORT BY THE SECOND FEI VICE PRESIDENT ON DRESSAGE
A detailed report on the findings of the FEI Second Vice President concerning a meeting held in Hong Kong was produced. The conclusion of the report is that the meetings had not affected the judging. The procedure will, however, be tightened so that this will not happen again. Dressage has had an excellent competition which was judged to the high standards expected at the Olympic Games. For more information please see: www.fei.org .
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