Jumping - Ireland Through To Super League By A Whisker
has qualified for next year's prestigious Nations Cup Super League
by coming 5th in the Samsung Nations Cup of Athens tonight (Friday).
and Switzerland were neck-and-neck for the final slot in the world's
eight top teams up until today, but Switzerland needed to win the
Athens Cup in order to nudge ahead of Ireland on Super League points.
when the competition at Athens finished this evening, Switzerland
were second to Germany, but lodged an objection to four penalty
faults awarded against them at the water jump. With just one penalty
point separating Germany and Switzerland, the success of this objection
would not only have given the Swiss the No.1 position in the Athens
Nations Cup, but would also have qualified them for the Super League
the objection was not upheld by the officials at Athens, and Switzerland
remained in second place, with not enough Super League points accumulated
to take Ireland's place in the world's Top Eight nations.
League qualification means that a country can jump at four-star
events next season, but failure to qualify means relegation to a
<second division> of Nations Cup show jumping, where only
three-star events can be entered.
teams now qualified for Super League status are: Germany, France,
Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Gt. Britain, and Ireland.
JUMPING RESULT: CSIO ATHENS GREECE 3-6 OCTOBER 2002 NATIONS CUP
Friday, October 4, 2002
GERMANY 9 penalties
2) SWITZERLAND 10 penalties
3) GT. BRITAIN 13 penalties
4) ITALY 17 penalties
5) IRELAND 20 penalties
Lt. Shane Carey: Killossery 0/4
Cian O'Connor: ABC Landliebe 4/8
Capt. Gerry Flynn: Rincoola Abu 4/0
Lt. David O'Brien: Carraig Dubh Elim