Ireland's Darragh Kenny presents Cartello. Libby Law/INPHO
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Irish showjumpers reach individual final after impressing in qualifier

Brilliant news for the Irish contingent.

LAST UPDATE | Aug 3rd 2021, 3:17 PM

IT’S BEEN A successful day for Team Ireland in the showjumping individual qualifier as all three riders have booked their place in the final.

The trio enjoyed clear rounds with zero penalties, with Darragh Kenny the fastest home in a time of 82.01. He led the field until Great Britain’s Ben Maher just pipped him in 81.34.

With 30 riders from 73 progressing to tomorrow’s final, Kenny was the first of the Irish contingent out on Cartello, with Bertram Allen and Cian O’Connor following suit in sixth and 25th place respectively. 

Allen finished in 85.18, riding Pacino Amiro, with O’Connor, aboard Kilkenny, clocking 88.66.

O’Connor was made to sweat for his qualifying spot. He was in 23rd spot with 10 competitors to go in the qualifier but managed to hold on and progress to the final.

“I was very happy with the round,” Kenny told RTÉ Sport after his Olympic debut. “Cartello jumped super, he feels in great form.

“We have a very strong team and a great group of horses. My horse feels in great form and we’re very motivated to do some damage

“I’ve never actually jumped him under lights. There’s a bit of shadow, the jumps become a bit brighter a bit spookier.

“I feel very confident.”

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