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Sporting Digest: Equestrianism

NICK SKELTON and Michael Whitaker finished first and second in a qualifier in Paris yesterday to secure places in next month's Volvo World Cup final.

VOLVO WORLD CUP QUALIFIER (Paris): 1 Everest Major Wager (N Skelton, GB) clear, 41.67secs; 2 Everest Midnight Madness (M Whitaker, GB) clear, 45.40; 3 PS Priamos (D Hafemeister, Ger) 4 faults, 44.18; 4 Dylano (T Fuchs, Swit) 8 faults, 42.10. Western European League standings: 1 J Lansink (Neth) 68pts; 2 L Beerbaum (Ger) 63; 3 H Luther (Ger) 61. GB: 7= M Whitaker 51; 12 N Skelton 45; 16= J Whitaker 42.