It’s the American Dream for Germany, Taking High Honours in All Lessons


Chiara Congia and Justin Van Gerven (GER) with Max – FEI / Richard Juilliart.

Whereas there was little doubt that Germany would go house with a title, the query forward of the Burlington Capital FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Closing was simply what number of may they win?

Kathrin Meyer (GER) had one foot firmly on the rostrum after her technical check, and she or he made it clear along with her freestyle that she had no intention of letting anybody else have the highest spot. Powerfully, she moved by way of her robotic freestyle to take the title at her debut FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Closing. Collectively along with her Mum, Sonja Meyer, and her personal horse, San Classico S, the trio proved an unbeatable mixture (8.428).

“I’m actually blissful; it was the primary time I confirmed my new freestyle… and my new inside floor leap labored fairly effectively. I’m actually pleased with that,” stated Meyer.

Danielle Bürgi (SUI) remained sizzling on the heels of the German vaulter. Nevertheless, even along with her artistic freestyle successful the spherical, it wasn’t sufficient. Vaulting on Greatest Brew, lunged by Andrea Selch, she completed in second, solely 0.082 behind (8.346).

Professionalism and expertise shone by way of for Julia Sophie Wagner of Germany. A technical hitch led to a music error at the beginning of her spherical, however she didn’t falter and as an alternative pulled off a wonderful freestyle to stand up the rankings and end in bronze medal place atop DSP Sir Laulau with Hendrik Falk (7.791). The USA’s Kimberly Palmer was left simply exterior the medal positions, scoring 7.736.

Within the Males’s competitors, the first-round scores made all of the distinction. Residence favorite Daniel Janes carried out the second-best freestyle however was unable to maneuver up the chief board, ending in sixth (7.190). Switzerland’s Andrin Müller excited the gang and he clung on to his well-earned day one third place, giving Andrea Selch and Greatest Brew one other podium end (7.514).

Regardless of overbalancing in an early floor leap, Sam dos Santos nearly held it collectively.  He recovered effectively and confirmed glimpses of giant potential in his freestyle for this season. The Dutch vaulter completed his first FEI Vaulting World Cup Closing™ in second place, with Max and Sarah Krauss, and is certain to have already got his eyes on the title (8.052).

On this event, the boys have been utterly outclassed by Jannik Heiland. With a 0.5-point lead, and on his fifth try, the German vaulter calmly executed his freestyle and took Sonja Meyer and San Classico S to the highest of the rostrum for the second time.

“It’s a large enviornment; it was a really nice feeling and it’s an honour for me to be right here. To win the World Cup Closing, it was an enormous want for me to get this title my entire life,” he stated.

The German domination continued into the Pas de Deux class. There was no downside for DSP Sir Laulau and Hendrik Falk, permitting Diana Harwardt and Peter Künne to dig deep and guarantee to beat as a lot of the deficit from the primary spherical as potential. A large 8.516 within the second spherical threw down the gauntlet for the remaining combos and set 7.876 as the ultimate rating to beat.

“We have been so grateful that we may present the entire freestyle, and the final block was good, and we couldn’t hope for extra,” stated Künne.

Danish mixture Freja Linde and Maria Thinggaard Sorensen went easily, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient, they usually settled for fourth, 7.641.  With slight hesitations, Romana Hintner and Eva Nagiller couldn’t maintain Austria forward as they have been pushed into in third place at 7.832.

As Chiara Congia and Justin van Gerven entered for his or her swan music, they solely needed to be clear to take the title. In a momentary lack of steadiness, Justin got here off the horse after a freestanding carry. Fast reactions from Chiara stored her on and decreased the factors misplaced by the error.

They accomplished the check in spectacular fashion, however needed to look ahead to the ultimate scores to see if the slip had value them the title. Happily, they proved too robust for his or her rivals and clearly received the category, with Alexandra Knauf and Max. They completed as the one pair with a remaining rating above 8.0 (8.341).

“It’s all the time particular to win a contest. Then it’s a World Cup Closing; that’s superb, a brand new title for us; we weren’t capable of win that one but, after which flying to America and to make this superb journey can also be actually particular,” stated Van Gerven.

The Burlington Capital FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Closing has proved an unbelievable present of teamwork and horsemanship for all concerned. The primary Closing out with Europe was an enormous success; nonetheless, the Germans have proven they imply enterprise they usually don’t appear to be they’re keen to offer it up any time quickly.


by Joanne Littlejohn

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