Surprised? Michael Jung is the world’s number one eventer

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Michael Jung is now at the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings. He is pictured at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sam.
Michael Jung is now at the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings. He is pictured at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sam. © Pierre Costabadie/FEI

It will come as no surprise to many that yet another accolade has fallen to Germany’s Michael Jung; he is now in the number one spot for the FEI World Eventing Rankings, for the first time in his career.

This latest achievement comes after Jung became the first eventing athlete to hold the European, World and Olympic titles simultaneously after scoring individual and team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, who was world number one for the past 12 months, has now dropped to second place in the rankings.

Jung was third in last month’s rankings, but now has a 58-point lead over Fox-Pitt, with New Zealand’s Jonelle Price dropping down one place to third but holding on as highest placed female athlete in the world eventing rankings.

Jung, 32, started riding aged six and came to prominence after making his international début in 2009 when he won the Luhmühlen CCI4* on home-turf in Germany, the FEI World Cup Eventing final in Strzegom in Poland, and an individual European bronze medal in Fontainebleau in France. These successes all came with La Biosthetique Sam FBW, the horse Jung rode to individual gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and double gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jonelle Price is the highest placed female rider in the world eventing rankings.
Jonelle Price is the highest placed female rider in the world eventing rankings. © Jane Thompson

Jung was also part of Germany’s golden team at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, where he finished second behind his compatriot Sandra Auffarth in the individual rankings.

Last weekend, Jung won leg three of the FEI Classics series at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event in the USA with the mare FisherRocana FST and also finished third on La Biosthetique Sam FBW. He now leads the standings of this prestigious series which links the world’s four-star events.

Jung has also claimed team and individual gold at the last two FEI European Championships (2011 and 2013) and will be looking to defend his title at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships 2015 at Blair Castle in the Scottish Highlands in September.

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