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France ride to gold while Germany win first medal in Rio

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - French riders took the Olympic gold medal in the equestrian eventing team event Tuesday, as powerhouse Germany failed to repeat their victories from the past two Games.

However, Germany clinched silver, the nation‘s first medal at last at the Rio Games. Bronze went to the Australian team.

The French team of Olympic debutantes had stood third in the rankings after the tournament‘s dressage and cross country disciplines.

But they secured the win in Tuesday‘s final jumping event, as Thibaut Vallette on Qing du Briot and Nicolas Astier on Piaf de B‘neville executed flawless rides, while Mathieu Lemoine on Bart L added eight penalty points.

Germany‘s Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke and Sandra Auffahrt fared even better in the show jumping event, with three penalty-free runs. However, they could not make up for the disappointing showing in Monday‘s cross country.

The individual event concludes later Tuesday.

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