Niklas Krieg became the big surprise of the night by winning the stellar competition of the week to keep the good run of the Germans with an unbeatable jump-off. Denis Lynch of Ireland second and third Harrie Smolders from the Netherlands. (Photo © Stefan Lafrentz)
To conclude the week CSI 5* in Leipzig to dispute the Longines FEI World Cup, Niklas Krieg of Germany was responsible for stealing the show by winning his most important victory, beating major competitors in the jump-off as were Denis Lynch (IRL), Harrie Smolders (NED), Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and world No. 2 French Simon Delestre.
With regular round that started with 40 competitors and despite the complexity of the field, 14 of them would return after completing his first round at not faults. And only 3 in the jump-off of classified keep their perfect results, the time that decided the order of finish for them. With his great result today Krieg about Carella (Clearway x Concerto II) a 12-years-old mare owned by Ursula Fritzsching, the world number 354 won 130 World Ranking points in their most important victory, pulling a hanging edge in jump-off 3 seconds on the Irish Denis Lynch and the horse All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) a 13-years-old stallion owned by Lynch and Thomas Straumann with which completed its journey in 41.04 seconds to finish second, while the Dutchman Harrie Smolders and the horse Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) owned by Copernicus Stables LLC distance of 46.85 seconds with the last double clear of competition.
Fourth with the fastest time of the jump-off it went to the Belgian Gregory Wathelet number 5 in the world in time of 37.81 seconds, but knocked down with the horse Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Omar) totaling 4 fouls, same fate countryman Olivier Philippaerts with the 10-years-old mare H & M Legend of Love (Landzauber x Corgraf) in field of 4 fouls and 37.89 seconds.
The top seed in the World Ranking the French Simon Delestre classified to the jump-off with the 11-years-old gelding Chesall (Casall x Concerto II) placing seventh with 4 faults in 38.12 seconds for presentation.