Eventing emotions: the Rio Olympics’ best and worst moments

By Clara Sieve on |


From Left to right Silver Nicolas Astier FRA, Gold Michael Jung GER and Philip Dutton USA Bronze. Pic Arnd Bronkhorst


Michael Jung doesn’t come across as an emotional type but even he couldn’t contain his smile after defending his individual gold title and winning team silver


A clearly moved Astier Nicolas shows off his two medals


Is it real gold? The French team ‘taste’ their medal


Is Karim Laghouag of France happy at his team’s victory or just relieved it’s all over?


William Fox-Pitt does a superb dressage test only 10 months after suffering a terrible head injury


Jonty Evans looks mighty pleased with his performance




Brazil’s Ruy Fonseca takes a tumble


Uh-oh! America’s Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen stumble into the water. The combination was eventually eliminated


Australia’s Shane Rose and CP Qualified had trouble with the water fences before being eliminated



Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V put in a huge effort across country but had an off day


A focused Kitty King had a small mistake in the dressage test but recovered well


Effort is etched on every line of Michael Jung’s face as he goes across country


Jessica Phoenix gives her all for Canada


Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan looks determined to stay on after a cross-country fall ended his previous Olympic effort in London


Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli hangs on for dear life at one of the water fences (he was later eliminated)


Oh, that looks hard! Ingrid Klimke pulls a face


Sporting spirit

That’s the spirit! Christopher Burton still enjoys his Olympic success despite narrowly missing out on an individual medal


Everyone cheered for Chilean rider Carlos Lobos Muñoz and his ride, ranco, as the pair negotiated the cross country course slowly but safely

Top image: the individual eventing podium in Rio by Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI


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