BBC Sport - Ireland showjumpers set to miss out on Rio Olympics

Ireland appeal after steward interruption

The Irish showjumping team look set to miss out on qualification for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances.

At the European Championships in Aachen, Germany, they finished 0.380 penalties behind final qualifiers Spain after a member of the arena staff appeared to run in front of Cian O'Connor during his ride.

Had he completed a clear round, the London 2012 individual bronze medallist would have helped secure an Olympics place, especially as fourth team member Denis Lynch then left all the fences up. Ireland have appealed the decision.

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