Finnish riders took first and second places in the opening round of the Equestrian Section of the World Modern Pentathlon at Crystal Palace in South London on Wednesday (September 5).
SV PAN Schools of Canada riding and clearing obstacles
GV Onichenko of USSR faults first jump and continues around course (2 shots)
GV Thade of West Germany around course: faults at third jump onto finish and applauded
GV Hurme of Finland in clear finis
SV Fitzgerald of U.S.A. (third) competing final jumps in clear
SV Uchida of Japan over jumps, faults, at third
CU Winner, Hurme on dais and congratulated
CU Ketelas (Finland) second; congratulated PAN TO Fitzgerald congratulated.
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Background: Finnish riders took first and second places in the opening round of the Equestrian Section of the World Modern Pentathlon at Crystal Palace in South London on Wednesday (September 5). Third place went to an American rider.
Risto Hurme was one of three riders to have a faultless 1,100-point round over the tough 800-metre circuit and qualified for top place by having the fastest round. Martti Ketelas was second and John Fitzgerald, third of the 49 competitors from 19 countries.
The event is among the most difficult of equestrian competition, as the riders draw their mounts by lot. The Soviet competitor, former world champion Boris Onichenko, held up the start of the event when he objected to the horse he was given. Officials has inadvertently switched the numbers of two horses.
Czechoslovakia are leading the team event with 3,128 points; West Germany second, 3,112 points; Denmark and Rumania tied for third, 3,076 points.