By Dan Walsh
In the individual showjumping qualifier at the Tokyo Olympic Games Wexford rider Bertram Allen with his Ireland teammates Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor all jumped clear rounds today and all three are certain be among the 30 riders through to Wednesday’s Jumping Individual Final.
The trio got around with zero penalties. O’Connor, a bronze medallist at London 2012, clocked a time of 88.66, while Allen finished in 85.18 with Kenny the fastest in a time of 82.01.
Bertram Allen, who partnered Pacino Amiro and Cian O’Connor on Kilkenny, spoke to RTE Sport about the importance of having no faults. “The main thing was to be clear, the time was only going to come into it if we weren’t clear. You have to jump a clear round now in qualifying with the new format.”
The top 30 from the 73 starters in today’s competition go forward to tomorrow’s (Wednesday) individual final which starts at 11am Irish time and will be broadcast live on RTE 2.