Madrid, 25 July. (European Press) –
The Spanish dressage team reached the final of the Grand Prix of the Tokyo Olympics, while Beatrice Ferrer-Salat also managed to advance to the final in the individual competition, the free Grand Prix.
The Catalan jockey and her horse ‘Elegance’, who on Saturday achieved a score of 72.096% making them third in Group B, validated this Sunday their pass to the final – the only one of the three Spanish pairs to do so – after all three group performances did not enter the fray. After, D, E, and F.
The two best teams from each group advanced directly to the final, where the top six scores had to be added. The Barcelona-born team, silver and individual bronze at Athens 2004, achieved the sixth best mark in replays.
Racer Severo Jurado of Seville was unable to get the pass after finishing seventh with a score of 68.370% in the fourth set dominated by Danish Karina Caso Cruz with Heiline Danciera (76.677). On Saturday, Cadiz Jose Antonio Garcia Mina, aboard the Sorrento 15, was eliminated.
Through the teams, the Spanish dressage team, made up of Ferrer-Salat, García Mina and Jurado, managed to reach the final, the special Grand Prix, after finishing eighth, the last to be granted access to the battle for medals.
The three Spanish pairs signed a score of 6749.5, far from the 7508.5 with which the UK topped the rankings. Denmark (7435.0) and the United States (7389.5) occupied the temporary platform.