Eduardo Nieto of Colombia won the gold medal in the XVIII 2017 Bolivarian Games to dominate the Grand Prix. Juan Pablo Betancourt of Colombia with silver and Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela bronze. (Photo © Luis Barbosa)
Colombian rider Eduardo Nieto gave the second gold medal for his country in the XVIII 2017 Bolivarian Games Santa Marta.
Being the third medal in dispute for the Show Jumping, Colombian riders took full leadership at home to get gold and silver medals with Eduardo Nieto carrying the highest honors.
For third qualifying, the Grand Prix was held with a two rounds on course designed by Colombian Javier Medrano and a total of 26 riders, who were looking to win one of the three medals in dispute. This was how Eduardo Nieto showed the way to be one of the two double clear rounds and then mark an unbeatable time in the jump-off of 38.12 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Parlanti (Phin Phin x Kibrahim).
Achieving the second gold medal for Colombia by Eduardo Nieto, his fellowman Juan Pablo Betancourt accompanied him in the jump-off, but opted for retirement with the 9-year-old gelding Clovis van de Helle, hanging the silver medal.
The fight for the bronze medal was more exciting, when 3 riders who finished the two rounds in 4 fouls, had to break to determine the bronze medal winner between Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela, Ruben Arroyave of Colombia and Luis Fernando Larrazabal of Venezuela.
Rounding out an excellent round Luis Fernando Larrazabal in 34.71 seconds with the 10-year old gelding G&C Close Up (Eurocommerce Washington x Cobra), push the pressure before his two adversaries and immediately Colombian rider Ruben Arroyave retreated to shoot down with his 12-year-old mare Castañuela (Chacco-Blue).
Then Emanuela Andrade of Venezuela entered with his 12-year-old mare Reus de la Nutria (Zandor Z x Kannan) with the firm intention to set a more aggressive pace if he wanted to add his third games medal, achieving a sensational round in 34.15 seconds to taking the bronze medal.