Final nations join Olympic line up

Following the final points ranking events for Olympic qualification, the final nations who will be riocompeting at the Rio Olympics have been confirmed.

Through the individual rankings, three nations have secured qualification as a composite team, comprising of three riders; Switzerland, Russia and Italy.

For Switzerland, it will be the first time they have a team competing in eventing since the Olympic Games were held in Atlanta in 1996. It is also the first time since 2004 that it will have representatives in all equestrian discplines at the Olympics. The composite team was secured through the individual rankings of Felix Vogg, Mélody Johner, and Ben Vogg.

Italy’s place in the team competition was secured by the rankings of Stefano Brecciaroli, Pietro Roman and Vittoria Panizzon.

Vittorio Orlandi, President of the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sport, said: “Participation in the Olympic Games is the dream of every athlete and the goal of any sports federation. We are very happy for this wonderful result obtained by our riders at the end of a long and grueling Olympic qualifying process. Now we have to commit ourselves, in order to get the best result at the next race at the Olympics.”

Alexander Markov, Andrey Mitin and Elnira Nabiyev were the three representatives which secured Russia’s spot in the team competition. Along with Switzerland and Italy they will join the teams who have qualified already through major championships including Brazil (as host nation), Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, Sweden, USA and New Zealand.

Individual riders from nine nations have also qualified for the Eventing competition in Rio. Both Belgium and Japan will be able to send two representatives, whilst Belarus, China, Spain, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Finland and Zimbabwe will all send a single rider to compete.

Elmo Jankara secured Finland’s position in the Olympic Games, with Duchess Désirée, the horse is aiming to take to Rio. He said: “Everything went as planned but there is still much to be done. The early season must go well and I also want to raise our level of performance. If Rio is realized, it is the fulfillment of a dream. The Olympics is the greatest thing.”

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