General view of the Olympic show jumping course - Credit Kit Houghton/FEI
At the age of 65, and still at the top of his game, Ian Millar, the man affectionately known as “Captain Canada”, will be lining up for the 10th time –a record across all Olympic sports.
With 15 countries in action it’s going to be a super-tough contest and the result is harder than ever to predict.
The horses will be first inspected on 2 August and checked over again the following day when a training session also takes place.
The first individual competition, on 4 August, serves as a qualifier for the individual competition and decides the starting order for the team event.
It is a one-round Table A, not against the clock, and the scores of the best three from each team are added together.
If there is an equality of penalties between teams, then the teams retain the same starting place as in the first competition.
There are 12 fences varying from 1.40m to 1.50 in height, with at least two standing at 1.60m, and it is not compulsory to include a water jump.
A maximum of four horse/rider combinations per nation are permitted to compete in this class. The starting places are decided by a draw held in the presence of the ground jury.
The team competition runs over two days, 5 and 6 August, and also includes the second and third individual qualifying competitions.
All teams start on a zero score in the first round of the team event. There are different courses each day, with up to 13 fences, including a double and one treble or three doubles, and spreads up to 2m, or 2.20m for a triple bar.
Two verticals standing at 1.60m will be included, along with an open water up to 4.5m wide. The best three scores on each team decide the result.
If, after two rounds, there is an equality of faults for first, second or third place, there will be a jump-off against the clock with all team members competing.
Jump-off courses consist of at least six obstacles including a combination, and the result will be decided by combining the three best scores from each team, with time as the deciding factor if there is still a tie. The result of the jump-off determines the final placings of teams but does not count toward qualification for the final individual competition.
The individual final, which takes place on 8 August, will run over two rounds. The top 35 riders qualify, and no more than three from each nation are permitted to take part. All riders start the final day on a zero score. The top 20 go through to the second round, including ties for 20th place, and riders compete in reverse order of merit based on their penalties from the first round. If there is a jump-off then the starting order remains the same as it was in the second round.
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