NSWIS equestrian stars Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney have stood tall on the Rio medal dais after claiming bronze in the team’s event.
In a nervous day for the Australians, they saw their overnight competition lead slip through the showjumping phase.
Tinney’s round was a rollercoaster of sorts, while Rose was forced to watch on after being eliminated from the competition following two refusals on day two.
Nonetheless, the three remaining riders held on to ensure Australia secured yet another Olympic equestrian medal, continuing a proud legacy in the sport.
For Tinney, bronze adds to the gold he won at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
His day was full of frustration though, recording 17 penalty points after knocking down rails at four of the course’s 15 fences, plus a one-point time penalty.
“I’m a bit disappointed. I wish I had ridden the first half of the round the way I rode the second half. It got better as it went on,” Tinney told the AOC website.
Rio bronze follows the silver Rose won as part of the Australian team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“It’s a sport that changes on its head. I felt I needed to contribute today to get the gold, but I’m delighted the boys managed to get me a medal,” Rose said.
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