Olympics jumping: Madden out of individual competition

8/4/2012 1:45 PM

LONDON (AP) - Show jumping podium favorite Beezie Madden of the U.S. was eliminated from contention for individual medals in the Olympic qualifying round after her horse twice refused to jump a fence Saturday.

Madden, riding Via Volo, will still compete in the two-day team competition which begins Sunday.

"It was all going well and she was jumping amazing, then she started fighting me quite a bit and all our good work went wrong," Madden said. "She hasn't done a lot of shows recently and I think she became a bit too impressed with the whole place."

Canada's Ian Millar, meanwhile, rode into Olympic history by competing in his 10th games, more than any athlete. He surpassed Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschi, who retired in 1996 after appearing in nine games.

A total of 32 riders had clear rounds Saturday, including Canadian Eric Lamaze, who won the individual gold in Beijing in 2008, and British veteran Nick Skelton.

The 65-year-old Millar knocked down one fence in the qualifier for four faults. He competes in the team event Sunday.


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