Rio 2016 Olympics: Clare Abbott keeps Ireland team alive in Three Day Eventing

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Clare Abbott in action during the cross country section

Hillsborough-based Clare Abbott kept Ireland involved in the Three Day Eventing team competition as she completed the cross country course.

After Padraig McCarthy's elimination following a heavy fall aboard Simon Porloe, an Abbot exit would have ended Ireland's team involvement.

Abbott's Euro Prince had two early refusals but avoided further mishap as she finished on 65.50 penalties.

Ireland's next rider Jonty Evans had only 22.80 time penalties.

Mark Kyle then ensured that Ireland remained in the competition as he finished with 50.80 penalties after a round which also included a refusal on the tough course.

At the end of the day, Ireland were in ninth position overall with the final show jumping component to come on Tuesday.

Abbott, 30, had mixed feelings after her round as she continued her Olympic debut.

"I'm very disappointed I didn't have a clear round. That was the goal and it was well within the horse's capability," said the Northern Ireland woman.

"We just had a bit of a miscommunication at fence six and he then missed the red fence at number 11. I'm disappointed about that but he responded really well and we finished the course strongly.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult course. The first lot of riders out showed that it wasn't going to be an easy ride and a few struggled to get home that you would have expected to be clear."

Eventing Team Cross Country
1 Australia 150.30pts, 2 New Zealand 154.80, 3 France 161.00, 4 Germany 172.80, 5 Brazil 222.90, 6 Netherlands 238.60, 7 Sweden 243.10, 8 Great Britain 252.10, 9 Ireland 278.40, 10 Italy 296.00, 11 Canada 331.10, 12 USA 1097.70, 13 Russia 3000.00

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