The Swedish Peder Fredricson was consecrated at home to take the gold medal in the European Championship. Harrie Smolders of Holland silver and Cian O’Connor of Ireland bronze. (Photo © Klara Andreasson)
Two-time Olympic medalist Peder Fredricson of Sweden was consecrated at home and wins gold medal for the first time in the European Championship.
After completing a filled week with many emotions, the almost perfect Peder Fredricson was reaping on each course his gold medal, arriving to dispute the final day the two clear rounds.
The complex course designed by Dutchman Louis Konickx was the first victory of his career in a European Championship, but he was already collecting a silver medal thanks to the team’s result yesterday.
Presenting with Stuarti Arch’s 11-year-old gelding H&M All In (Stuarti Arch), Peder Fredricson claimed today’s first clear round, while Cian O’Connor of Ireland was also completed his clear round and accumulated of 2.25 faults.
The 25 riders qualified to the final competition, could do little and only a miracle or a real mistake on the part of Peder Fredricson, would give them a real chance in aspiring for a medal.
Little by little the riders were dismissed with accumulated very distant to the Swedish, but realized a very conservative last round that little lacked to complicate all thanks to a demolition fence, culminating in 5 faults Peder Fredricson its European Championship performance and securing at home its first gold medal.
With three consecutive clear rounds on the part of Dutchman Harrie Smolders, he was able to secure his first silver medal next to the 13-year-old Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire) owned by Copernicus Stables LLC and accumulated of 5.52 Faults.
For his part Cian O’Connor who entered for the last round near the favorite, knocked down a pole too that left him in 6.25 fouls, also securing his first European Championship medal, which after hanging bronze at the London Olympics and Gold by yesterday’s Team competition, now bronze is hung in Gothenburg.
The honor standing for the Top 10 in this edition of the European Championship was Alberto Zorzi (ITA) fourth, Pieter Devos (BEL) fifth, Marcus Ehning (GER) sixth, Niels Bruynseels (BEL) seventh, Shane Sweetnam (IRL) eighth, Danielle Goldstein (ISR) ninth and Denis Lynch (IRL) tenth.