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Two more nations qualify for Olympic jumping

July 13, 2011

Two more countries have qualified for the jumping events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, with Ukraine and Japan making the cut in their respective groups at the Aachen qualifier in Germany on July 10.

Ukraine secured a team slot and Japan one individual place during Sunday's qualifier for Olympic Groups C - Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia - and G - South East Asia and Oceania.

Eight teams - Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine - took part in the two-round competition. Competing over a strong track designed by Frank Rothenberger, the Ukraine team was clear in the first round and finished on a score of 12 penalties to earn a team ticket to London 2012. The Ukrainians ended ahead of Turkey (25) and Poland (33) in the final standings.

There was a jump-off for the individual spot available for the best placed rider of Olympic Qualification Group G. Taizo Sugitani (JPN) and Jasmin Chen (TPE) were tied on nine faults after the second round and went forward to a timed decider. Both riders were clear against the clock, but the Olympic slot went to Japan when Taizo Sugitani completed the course in 53.97 seconds, almost two seconds faster than Jasmin Chen's 55.61.

Eight teams - Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, host nation Great Britain, and Ukraine - out of the 15 possible have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Jumping competition. A total of 15 teams will compete in London. Egypt, Japan and Syria have qualified individual riders.

Katharina Offel (UKR) was the best individual rider overall and, as a result, qualified to take part at CSIO Aachen this week.



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