O'Connor progresses to semi-final of showjumping event at London 2012

The Meath horseman will compete in a 45-strong field at Greenwich Park on Monday.

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IRELAND’S CIAN O’CONNOR has progressed to Monday’s semi-final of the Olympic Showjumping, qualifying as one of the top 45, but his compatriot Billy Twomey has bowed out.

Meath rider O’Connor and Blue Loyd picked up eight faults but had no penalties to carry from the first round.

Twomey was about Tinka’s Serenade and also amassed eight penalties, but with four added from Saturday’s first qualifier he was unable to make the cut for the third qualifying round.

The Corkman does move on to the ten-strong reserve list and will compete should any of Sunday’s qualified combinations drop out before the semi-final stage.

It was a good day for Irish Sport Horses at Greenwich, with two amongst the 12 horses that produced clear rounds and claim equal first positions.

Switzerland’s Paul Estermann recorded a zero score on the OBOS Quality mare Castlefield Eclipse (ISH) as did the USA’s Rich Fellers and the Cruising stallion Flexible (ISH).

Monday will see the top 45 riders battle it out for a place in Wednesday’s Individual Final, with only the best 35 qualifying. All qualified riders start on a zero score in the first round on Wednesday, with the top 20 then moving on to the last jumping round, where medals will be decided.

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