Second gold for German Marco KUTSCHER

Same ranking as in the team competition: German Marco KUTSCHER kept his nerves and added the individual European Gold from the stadium at San Patrignano/Italy to his collection. He preserved his lead for the individual title on 7,79, less than one point in front of Swiss Christina LIEBHERR (8.69) and Dutch Jeroen DUBBELDAM (11,62).
Christina LIEBHERR is the second woman to win a European medal for Switzerland, twenty years after Heidi Hauri. The 26 year old from Bulle is trained by German Susanne Behring. She competed at Athens (14) and holds two bronze medals from Juniors level. Her brown gelding L.B. NO MERCY passed the five big courses at San Patrignano with only one pole down.

Dutch Jeroen DUBBELDAM (32) followed the example he set at the Olympic Games in Sydney where he took individual Gold with De Sjiem, being considered a complete outsider. He rode the 10 year old Dutch stallion BMC NASSAU in a clear round, coming forward onto the podium from fifth rank after the first round of the final.

Belgian JOS LANSINK lost the chances for a third European Bronze medal with a fault at Number 7, the symbol fence of San Patrignano. Defending Champion Christian AHLMANN (GER) fell back to fifth position when a tired COSTER took the last fence. Carried by a huge wave of sympathie from the Italian audience Juan Carlos GARCIA rode forward to sixth place with two clear rounds with LORO PIANA ALBIN (17). Eleven riders rode the ten fence-course without mistakes, but Steve GUERDAT, member of the Swiss silver team, got one point for time. The low afternoon sun created optical illusions that affected team Gold medallist Markus EHNING (GER) and Laurent GOFFINET (FRA). Both retired their horses.

San Patrignano 2005 Press Office


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