Law wins individual silver but rues a 'day of farce'

Leslie Law added individual silver to team bronze last night as Great Britain's three-day eventers weighed in with two medals on what Law later desbribed as a "day of farce" at the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.

Leslie Law added individual silver to team bronze last night as Great Britain's three-day eventers weighed in with two medals on what Law later desbribed as a "day of farce" at the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.

Law's clear round briefly put him in the gold medal position but he was overhauled by the Gloucestershire-based German Bettina Hoy.

Riding Shear L'Eau, Law feared he could drop to bronze and had an anxious wait while France's Nicolas Touzaint had his final round in which he hit a host of fences and slipped from potential gold medallist to ninth place.

Earlier, Britain's three-day event team - consisting of Law, Pippa Funnell, Jeanette Brakewell and Mary King - looked to have bagged a bronze, but then found themselves upgraded to a silver when the winning German team were penalised for Hoy crossing the start line twice.

Then Team GB sank back down to bronze again after a successful German appeal.

In a further twist to the saga, a counter-appeal is expected to be lodged today by the British and French team officials.

The Olympic eventing appeal committee upheld Germany's appeal yesterday evening against the decision to hand Hoy 14 time penalty points.

The British team thought they had been handed silver on a plate after the judges earlier decided Hoy had breached event rules by circling the start area twice.

That had knocked the Germans from gold to fourth place and pushed Team GB's riders up to second place behind France. But the German eventing federation successfully appealed the ruling.

A statement handed to the media read: "The appeal committee considered the appeal of the German federation against the time penalties awarded to Bettina Hoy during the eventing team jumping competition.

"The committee concluded that the countdown had been restarted resulting in a clear injustice to the rider concerned."

In the individual competition, Hoy - riding Ringwood Cockatoo - finished first with a total of 41.609 penalty points; Law won the silver and Kim Severson of the United States, riding Winsome Adante, took the bronze.

Pippa Funnell had also looked like a British medal prospect until she dislodged a fence in her final round.

Law later described the appeals procedure at last night's finale to the three-day eventing as "a farce" after Team GB saw bronze turn to silver and back to bronze again.

But as Hoy was composing herself to capture individual gold, ahead of Law, and again even as the medal ceremony was taking place, officials from the British, French and American Olympic associations were investigating the lodging of a counter-appeal.

A bemused Law - who would be a beneficiaryif any such counter-appeal was to prove successful - said: "It's a farce the way things have happened today."

The three-day event, equestrian's equivalent of the decathlon, was originally devised as a way to test cavalry horses - and there was a war-like mood in several camps last night.

The French team director, Olivier Le Page, vowed: "We will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] because it was a wrong decision of the appeals committee."

"I've got the authorization of the French Federation and Olympic Committee," Lepage said. "We are going to do it with the American and British federations. If we are three, it's going to have more weight."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones