Germany have finally broken their Rio 2016 duck with a silver in team eventing. The German team were pipped to gold by France, with Australia claiming bronze, but have got their country up and runnning.
Michael Jung, Sandra Auffarth, Opgun Louvo and Ingrid Klimke finished with 172.80 points, just behind the French team on 169.
Jung (pictured top), won double gold in London 2012. He said this year’s team had worked hard, adding that their success would be life-changing.
“We knew we were close,” he said after the results were finalized. “The motto was to keep fighting (and achieve) all clear rides. After each round, we were more motivated. I was nervous but we fought and are pleased with the silver medal.”
Australia could have snatched glory in the last round but their rider Chris Burton clipped an obstacle, leading to extensive celebrations for France and Germany.
Auffarth, Jung and Klimke will all be hoping for further glory when they compete in the individual eventing final later on Tuesday.