With the normal four-year gap between Olympic Games being extended to 5 years, the long wait to see Australian combinations in the Jumping competition ended last night as Edwina Tops-Alexander and Katie Laurie started their quest for Olympic medals.
Australia has never won a medal in jumping at the Olympics and with the Games returning to Tokyo after a gap of 57 years, hopes were high that we could go at least one place better than our best ever Olympic performance when John Fahey and Bonvale placed fourth in 1964.
After more than a week of watching the Dressage and then the Eventing (where our team finished in second place) it was time for the Jumping to take centre stage. A warm humid evening saw 73 of the best combinations in world jumping, from a total of 35 countries, line up in the qualifying round with all vying for a coveted spot in the top 30 who will return this evening for a shot at the medals.
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