Results from the Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event
Reigning Olympic Champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, claimed another gold medal this week, winning the Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event on Fischerwild Wave.
For Great Britain, Georgie Spence narrowly missed out on a medal finishing in fourth place on Suzanne Doggett and her own Halltown Harley after completing on her dressage score of 30.6 penalties. William Fox-Pitt added just 3.2 cross country time penalties to his dressage score of 31.4 to finish in eighth place on Catherine Witt's Summer at Fernhill.
On a score of 28 penalties, Jung (pictured) took the win ahead of Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima on Vick du Gisors JRA in second place (28.2 pen) and Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart JRA, also for Japan, in third place (30.1 pen).
There were 20 National Olympic and Paralympic Committees onsite for the test event, and feedback has been very positive; FEI Eventing Committee Chair and Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion, David O’Connor, said: “The facilities are very impressive and we had the chance to test everything we needed to test, which was the purpose of this week’s test event.
“There are some adjustments to be made but they are minor ones, as the Organising Committee has thought through all the details and is right on track to make 2020 a really great Olympic Games for equestrian sport.”
The Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event is a ‘dress rehearsal’ organised by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee ahead of next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It is used to confirm and improve the competition and Games operation capabilities in order to ensure a successful operation during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020.