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German double victory in eventing

Three-time Olympic champion Michael Jung and former world champion Sandra Auffarth ensured a German double victory in eventing at the CHIO in Aachen.

Jung and his top horse Chipmunk were six points ahead of Auffarth with Viamant du Matz and the three-time team Olympic champion Andrew Hoy with Vassily de Lassos.

In the team classification, Germany finished second, well behind last year’s winner, Great Britain. The discarded result was delivered by the European Champion Ingrid Klimke, of all people, whose mare Siena just do it had a by-runner and thus fell far behind in time.

Best team rider was Auffarth with Viamant du Matz ahead of Olympic champion Julia Krajewski (Warendorf) with Amande de B’Neville and Jung with his young horse Kilcandra Ocean Power.

After crossing the finish line as the last rider in the competition, Jung had to wait a few minutes for the result. At obstacle 14 Chipmunk had cleared the red flag, at first it was not clear whether it was a missed jump. In that case, Jung would have been excluded from the classification.

The cross-country ride was overshadowed by an injury to the Allstar horse of world champion Rosalind Canter. The 17-year-old stallion lost his left front leg after a jump. There hadn’t been a fall, possibly Allstar’s leg had hit an obstacle with full force.

“It’s really terrible,” said reigning European champion Ingrid Klimke on the “WDR” microphone: “I experienced something like that myself with Bobby, it’s a disaster for the rider.” Allstar was taken to the clinic by van.

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