Olympic Dressage: South Africa clinches final Olympic 2020 Team Dressage slot in Exloo

It was a great moment for the South African Dressage Team when qualifying the side for the Tokyo Olympic Games at Hippisch Centrum in Exloo, The Netherlands on the 25/10/2019. Olympic admirers from all over the world are entreated to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Dressage followers can book Olympic Dressage Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

The lone country to the field across in the Group F qualifier combined into the CDI 3* Grand Prix at the Dutch fitting, the foursome of Tanya Seymour, Laurianne Dittmann, Gretha Ferreira, and Nicole Smith shaped solid presentations to make it occur.

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This was the last Tokyo Olympic slot to be filled, bringing the total number of nations that will line out in Japan next summer Games to 14. The full list of qualified countries in Olympic Dressage is now Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Russia, and the USA. Teams in Tokyo will consist of three riders.

All four South Africans who competed this evening are based in Europe, and the most experienced of all is Seymour who lives in Add up, near Vechta in The Netherlands. The trail-blazing 35-year-old was a member of her country’s first-ever team at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Caen, France, and was also the very first South African athlete to compete in Olympic Dressage when lining out at the Rio 2016 Games.

Seymour finished individually 18th at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2019 Final in Gothenburg, Sweden last April and all of her major results have been recorded with the 17-year-old Raconteur who she steered into ninth position in the Grand Prix with a score of 67.065. She clearly adores the Oldenburg stallion with which she has achieved so much, and she’s planning his campaign for the coming months very carefully. He’s the one she would like to take to Tokyo Olympic.

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If all stays well and if he’s still happy and sound that would be the plan”,

she said this evening.

I’ll play it by ear, he loves his job, he’s still bucking and playing and he’s in a great place at the moment. What I’d love to do with him now is to qualify for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April and then take him to Tokyo before giving him a very well-earned retirement after that!”

Greta Ferreira and the 14-year-old mount Lertevangs Lavinia shadowed Seymour into the circle and posted 63.652 for 21st place in the field of 27 appetizers. The 30-year-old rider who hails from Johannesburg and is trained by top Danish rider Daniel Bachmann Andersen only started this mare at Grand Prix level in March of last year. So it was some achievement to make it to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Tryon, USA last September where they finished 66th individually.

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Initial of the South Africans to contest was Laurienne Dittmann with the Hannoverian Don Weltino K. The German-based 48-year-old who was awarded the Golden Rider Badge by the German NF in 2018 posted a score of 62.239 for 23rd place. And last to go was the youngest South African representative, 28-year-old Nicole Smith who looked set to finish inside the top-10 until penalized for a costly mistake in the one-tempi changes with the 12-year-old KWPN mare Chi La Rou which saw them complete in 18th on a mark of 64.913.

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Olympic Eventing: Triple Olympic gold medalist Hoy takes lead after the cross-country phase of Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Triple Olympic Games team gold medalist Andrew Hoy of Australia galloped his way into top spot with Bloom des Hauts Crets, after the cross-country phase of the Eventing test event for Tokyo 2020. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Eventing fans can book Olympic Eventing Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

Sixth out onto Derek Di Grazia’s 20-fence course at Sea Forest overlooking the heart of Tokyo Bay, the seven-time Olympian, and the eight-year-old Selle Français mare flew across the finish line with seven seconds to spare to take the early lead on a score of 27.7 penalties. 

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The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) claims rising heat and humidity provide a perfect environment to test the on-site cooling facilities for the equine and human competitors.

“It’s a very nice position to be in and if I win I’m very happy for this year, but it’s next year I want to win,” Hoy said.

My horse galloped very well and her heart rate and temperature were very good when I arrived.  The chilling accommodations here at the venue were absolutely excellent. As an Olympic venue, it’s ready one year before because the ground is excellent and the construction of the cross-country fences is very good, but next year will be very different fences.

As the Australian combination was lying second after the dressage phase, only overnight leaders Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA could challenge them.  But the Japanese rider was 14 seconds down on the clock to collect 5.6-time faults and drop to fourth on 30.1 penalties.

German superstar Michael Jung, another triple Olympic gold medalist and heading for Tokyo 2020 as the defending champion, was riding seven-year-old Fischerwild Wave.  They also finished clear over the fences and on the clock to move up to second place on 28.0 penalties.

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“It was hot but it wasn’t really a big problem,” Jung said.

The grooms and everyone took really good care of the horses, and everyone tried to make the job for the horses and the riders as easy as possible. Another pair for the host nation Japan, Ryuzo Kitajima, and Vick Du Gisors, almost banged on the optimum time of 5min 30sec to move up from fourth after the dressage to third, ahead of Oiwa and Bart L JRA, on 28.2 penalties.

Compatriot Kazuma Tomato is fractionally behind in fifth on Tacoma Dorset with 30.4 penalties.  Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley round out the top six with 30.6 penalties and there is less than a fence between them and the leaders. Seven of the 16 starters remain on their dressage marks, while eight others collected just time faults. 

The only combination to pick-up jumping penalties were cross-country pathfinders Kazuya Otomo and Condorcet, who had a run-out at the second element of the angled rails double at fence 10 to drop one place to 16th. Tomorrow, the action returns to the new facilities at Baji Koen, site of the equestrian events at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics, for the final jumping phase.

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“Altogether the horses healthier really well after the cross country, despite the challenging conditions, and they are all now back home in their air-conditioned stalls at Baji Koen resting ready for tomorrow’s jumping,” Goran Akerström, the FEI’s veterinary director, said.

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Olympic Modern Pentathlon: Tokyo Looks Back to the Future with Modern Pentathlon test success

Japanese wealth gears up for Olympic 2020 by positively hosting its first major international modern pentathlon event since the 1964 sports. Japan bowled backs the years and design to the test, as the first Olympic 2020 Games test event of 2019 came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans can book Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

  A total of 72 athletes from more than 20 countries lined up for the UIPM 2019 Pentathlon World Cup Final, with the sport’s leading names all hoping to grab one of two succeeding places for the Sports next summer.

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Following the Olympics format, the event providing the Olympic 2020 Organizing Committee and the game’s governing body, the International Modern Pentathlon Union, with a logistical clothing repetition over four days of penetrating rivalry at the Musashino Forest Game Plaza.

Lithuanian star Laura Asadauskaite certainly agreed. The London 2012 gold medalist reserved her place in the field for Olympic 2020 after beating Rio 2016 silver medal-winner Elodie Clouvel to the women’s world title on Friday, and she cannot wait to return to the Japanese capital.

“Nowadays is a very happy day,” Asadauskaite expressed the UIPM. “I had a very good barrier, a good ride and swim and also a decent laser run. I’m very happy because I have the qualification for the Olympic Games. See you next year when I will come back here – l like this city very much. I think I am ready for the Olympic Games.”

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Despite narrowly missing out on a return ticket to Tokyo, silver medalist Clouvel remained upbeat.

“The organization has been very good and the complex is amazing, and I am (still) confident about coming back for the Olympic Games,” the 30-year-old French athlete told the UIPM.

In the men’s occasion, Joseph Choong of GB out hurried Germany’s Marvin Dogue on Saturday in a recurrence of the final laser run of the regular WC period. One of the many considerate traces added to the complex by the organizers were portrayals of Baron Pierre de Coubertin either side of the first jump on the equestrian course.

The father of the modern Olympic Sports was also the forefather of modern pentathlon, first introducing the sport to the wider public at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. The current President of the UIPM, Klaus Schormann, knows that the contrasting requirements of the five disciplines make the successful staging of a test event for the sport in 2019 even more notable.

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“Not all international alliances have this competence, but we are in this situation,” Schormann said before the opening ceremony on Thursday. “I reason all of the athletes are very satisfied to compete here.”

The pentathlon events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place over three days in the city suburb of Chofu, around 25km to the west of the city center of Tokyo. The fencing position round will be held in the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza. The final day of rivalry will see the athletes compete in the contiguous Tokyo Stadium, unlocked in 2001, where the athletes will contest in the Swimming, Fencing bonus round, the equestrian occasion and the determining laser-run.

 “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity – and we were sweating all the way through the riding and the laser runs,” Annika Schley of Germany told the UIPM on Friday after winning bronze in the women’s event.

To address the less welcome symptoms of the city’s summer climate, Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are taking a holistic approach, using this test event to begin trialing countermeasures in collaboration with the Japanese government and the various sports federations.

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“In the conditions, the Organizing Committee has done extremely well to organize spectators and a very special atmosphere in all disciplines; the athletes like this and so do we,” UIPM Leader Schormann said after the men’s event was overwhelmed by rain on Saturday. Olympic 2020 has prepared with the Modern Pentathlon Association of Tokyo in a bizarre way. We have not ever seen such close to care to the substructure and what is needed, and we can previously say that next year we are going to have the perfect Olympic 2020 Games.”

Through the performance of its 2019 World Cup Final, modern pentathlon has become the third sport to hold a test event for Tokyo 2020, and the second to do so in the Japanese capital, following on from the sailing and water polo tests organized in late 2018.

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The modern pentathlon occurrence will be followed by six more test events in July, including the Japan Open badminton championships at the same Musashino venue, and four events staged by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee under the official brand name, “Ready, Steady, Tokyo”.

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Olympic 2020 Skateboard candidates on a panel at Pushing Boarders conference in Malmö

Skateboarders aiming to compete in the sport’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be among the 63 panelists from 19 countries coming together to discuss the social and cultural benefits of the sport at a conference in Malmö Sweden. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Park Skateboarding can get Olympic Park Skateboarding Tickets online.

The Pushing Boarders conference held from August 14 to 18 will include United States Olympic hopeful Lacey Baker Olympic skateboarding judge Mimi Knoop USA Skateboarding chief executive Josh Friedberg and Skateboard England chair Lucy Adams.

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They will join leading skate charities and local skaters from Afghanistan, Palestine, Peru, India, Jordan, and South Africa as well as professional skaters, academics and local activists.

It will take place at venues across Malmö, with panels at Bryggeriet Skate Park and Moriskan Pavillion. There will also be pop-up skate events photography and film screenings at venues across the city.

Pushing Boarders will host professional skateboarder John Rattray and the founder of Skate4Life Madeleine Uggla who will introduce a series of events on mental health awareness in skateboarding.

Dams said. “Pushing Boarders is a fantastic opportunity to show the social and cultural impact of skateboarding around the world and raise the profile of skateboarding in Europe as we see international experts in their fields come to Malmö.”

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Professional skateboarder Ryan Lay added Pushing Boarders is the only event of its kind finally giving skaters the much-needed space to add a little bit of depth to this strange activity we’ve spent a lifetime with.

“Much more than just a place for academics, journalists and historians to unpack the latest work in our world the real feat of the conference is in providing a platform to people who have been able to harness the truly transformative power of skating throughout the world.”

Skateboarding is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games alongside karate sport climbing and surfing.

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