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Rio Olympics: France wins eventing gold in equestrian

Thibaul Vallette aboard Qing du Briot. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

Thibaul Vallette aboard Qing du Briot. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
Double-clear show jumping rounds helped France win eventing gold in equestrian.
Nicolas Astier rode Piaf de b'Neville and Thibaut Vallette was on Qing du Briot for the win. France also included Mathieu Lemoine on Bart L. They finished with a score of 169.0, 3.8 ahead of Germany, which was bidding for a third straight Olympic title.
It is France's second ever Olympic gold medal in eventing after victory in Athens in 2004.
Germany had started the day in fourth but superb double-clear rounds for reigning World Champions Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo, Ingrid Klimke and Hale-Bob OLD, and Olympic champion Michael Jung and Sam FBW propelled the team to silver.
Australia slipped to third after Christopher Burton put two rails down. Sam Griffiths went clear but Stuart Tinney had 16 jumping and one-time penalties.

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