Olympics – equestrian disappointment

After a good day at the cross country yesterday when the equestrian team rose to second place a disappointing result, finishing in fourth, just 3.5 points behind Australia who took the bronze behind France and Germany.

Jonelle Price dropped two rails to incur 8 penalty points, then Clarke Johnstone had a clear round. This left the result in Mark Todd’s hands and he dropped four rails to incur 16 penalty points, just too many to earn a medal.

The individual competition is currently under way with Johnstone starting the show jumping in fifth, Todd on eleventh and Price on sixteenth.

A shock result in the first pool game of the sevens with New Zealand losing 12-14 to Japan. Complacency? Over-confidence? Or just not good enough?

This doesn’t mean the end for them but they will have to beat both Kenya and Great Britain to progress to the playoffs.

The mens hockey team lost again, this time 2-3 to Spain. If they win their two remaining pool games they may still progress but they will have to improve.

Mixed results in the heats of the rowing, with some crews doing well and others missing out on finals.

A number of sailing events are also under way today.

Update – No medals in the individual equestrian eventing.

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13 Comments

  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  10th August 2016

    Being a bit of a *horsey gurl* myself, I honestly had high hopes that we’d get an Equestrian medal…..so very disappointed!!

    But as Mark Todd himself once said on the Holmes Show, “That’s a curly one, Paul” XD

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    • Gezza

       /  10th August 2016

      My little sis & hubby are still zonked out upstairs & they’re leaving for New Plymouth at about 10, but she wants a private word with you – can you post your cell # please Nelly?

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      • Gezza

         /  10th August 2016

        PS: Don’t worry it’s nothing bad. She just wants to see if it’s the same Wayne she went out with twice years back. She’s an outdoorsy type. Apparently he was a looker & a real charmer, but on the 2nd date he took her duck hunting & she wound up having to drive him to A&E, so she decided he wasn’t for her.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  10th August 2016

          The dux and drive to A & E sound right, but not the rest of it.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  10th August 2016

        Unfortunately I left it in Wayne’s Ute last night….so best not right now 😎

        Tell your sis I’ve just rubbed my St Christopher for them…..and wish *Godspeed*

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    • Blazer

       /  10th August 2016

      ‘snort’!

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  2. Klik Bate

     /  10th August 2016

    So, we lose to JAPAN in the 7’s – and SBW is out with a pulled tendon ❗

    https://nz.sports.yahoo.com/rio-2016/a/32283451/sonny-bill-williams-out-of-rio-olympics/#page1

    Sounds to me like they all need to HTFU.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  10th August 2016

      A pulled tendon can be agony-worse than a break. Poor Sonny Bill !

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  3. Blazer

     /  10th August 2016

    Never count your chickens….all the ‘Jonahs’ acted like medals were hanging around the NZ competitors necks …already.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  10th August 2016

      Jonahs ?

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      • Gezza

         /  10th August 2016

        Good question Kitty, I was a bit o_O with that one, but I didn’t like to say in case he was horrible to me.

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      • Blazer

         /  10th August 2016

        ‘Sailors traditionally use the name Jonah to personify someone who brings bad luck.’

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