Russia Gains Tokyo Olympic Games Dressage Team Start With Victory at Moscow Special Qualifier
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MOSCOW, June 22, 2019–Russia earned a start for a team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a victory over Belarus Saturday in a special CDI2* qualifying event.
Led by Elena Sidneva on the Russian-bred Fuhur with a score of 72.022%, Russia dominated the competition filling four of the top five places. Hanna Karasiova of Belarus on Zodiak placed second individually on 69.804%.
Final team scores were: Russia 210.130, Belarus 198.717.
Elena competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and three World Equestrian Games, including on Fuhur at Tryon last September. She has also ridden in five World Cup Finals and six European Championships.
Russia will join eight other nations with teams of three horse and rider combinations already qualified for Tokyo, seven from the World Games in Tryon last September as well as Japan as the host.
The lineup for Tokyo so far is: Germany, USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Russia and Japan.
Two more teams can qualify through the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru at the end of July, three at the European Championships in Rotterdam Aug. 19-25 and one other nation through a designated event for Southeast Asia/Oceania.