WEG 2014: a round-up from the vaulting. Silver medal for Italy’s Anna Cavallaro.

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Let’s focus our attention now on the vaulting competition that has been taking place at the World Equestrian Games and which saw the European Champions, Austria’s Jasmin Lindner and Lukas Wacha, take the win in the pairs competition with a total points score of 9.059 with the horse Bram.
Germany won the silver medal with Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs while the final podium slot went to Great Britain thanks to the efforts of Brits Joanne and Hannah Eccles with the 20 year-old horse W H Bentley who has been with the pair for 15 years.
The individual title for the ladies meanwhile was successfully retained by the title holder Joanne Eccles.
There was good Equestrian World for Italy who picked up a silver medal through Anna Cavallaro. The Italian athlete is one to count on for the big occasions and the vaulter gave an excellent performance to the tune of “Sogno” by Andrea Bocelli. Her final score was 8.452.
Interestingly, the Italian athlete didn’t make the best of starts in the Compulsory Test but bounced back strongly with her coach and longeur Nelson Vidoni (together now for 11 years) and the sorrel Harley.
The bronze medal was won by Switzerland’s Simone Jaiser with a total points score of 8.433.
In the men’s event there was a very welcome result for the home crowd as French athlete and European Champion Jacques Ferrari added another title to his name by winning the gold medal. His efforts and score of 8.269 prompted a standing ovation in front of his people.
The good Equestrian World didn’t end there for the French crowd as Nicolas Andreani, the former champion, took silver with 8.498. From the outside one would expect the former champion to be disappointed not to have retained his title, but there is only happiness at winning a medal after all the recent difficulties experienced by the Frenchman.
German athlete Erik Ose took the final podium slot and bronze medal with a score of 8.483.
Finally, let’s take a look now at the team event. 12 nations competed in the final which saw the favourites Germany and winners of the first phase repeat their success to take the win with a score of 8.724.
The hosts France had to settle for silver after temporarily taking the leadership thanks to a performance characterised by great technique. It is the first team medal for a French side at a world championships and this new record was achieved by the La Cicogne Stables Team. Finally, Switzerland won the bronze medal with a score of 8.504.
source: normandy2014.com

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