Sunday, October 2, 2022

Versatility: Outstanding youngster leads Germany on course for gold

As of: 09/17/2022 4:51 p.m

With his exceptional horse Chipmunk, three-time Olympic champion Michael Jung led himself and the German team on course for gold at the Eventing World Championships. The decision will be made on Sunday.

Michael Jung knew very well who he had to thank. “Chipmunk is a fantastic horse”said the three-time Olympic champion after his magnificent cross-country ride at the World Eventing Championships in Italy: “What kind of machine he has in there, how he fights, that’s incredible.”

Jung and the machine Chipmunk led the German team on the Pratoni del Vivaro plateau after dressage and cross-country on the gold track, on Sunday (September 18th, 2022, from 2.30 p.m. in the live stream on sportschau.de) in the final jumping two titles await the team of new national coach Peter Thomsen. On the way to his second individual World Championship since 2010, Jung can even afford a drop.

wall start

Everyone was counting on him, but after the first day of dressage on Thursday, it was not necessarily to be assumed that the German team would lead in the team ranking. After two unfortunate performances by Christoph Wahler (Bad Bevensen) with Carjatan and Sandra Auffarth (Ganderkesee) with Viamant du Matz, Germany only found itself in seventh place. That hadn’t bothered Jung, he had “For the past few weeks we’ve been counting on it being possible for us to end up where we are now. And if you really believe in it and put the others under pressure, anything is possible anyway.”

30 obstacles and a total of 42 jumps

After young and Tokyo Olympic champion Julia Krajewski (Warendorf) had excelled with Amande de B’Neville in the second part of the dressage, the German riders went into the 5,600 meter long area with 30 obstacles and a total of 42 jumps with good prospects on Saturday. Jung, Krajewski and Auffarth stayed clear of obstacles and time faults. Auffarth was three seconds below the allowed time of 9:50 minutes, Krajewski was six seconds and Jung nine.

She is before the ride “already tense” been, admitted Krajewski. But then you already have it “From the third jump I had the feeling: It’s going well. I’m really the biggest fan of my horse.” Auffarth found her ride “Really great from start to finish. I think it’s rare that everything goes according to plan in such a long area.”

criticism of the course

Without any mistakes, but 24 seconds over the time, start rider Christoph Wahler (Bad Bevensen) came through the area with Carjatan. “The course takes a lot of strength out of the horses and also tires them out mentally”said the 28-year-old, who made no secret of his dislike of the track: “The course is not beautiful, it is not rhythmic.”

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