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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

ChampionOvercomes Bloody Spill

CONYERS, Georgia -- World champion Franke Sloothaak shook off the effects of a bloody spill and rode a clear second round to help Germany win the Olympic team show jumping title.


Ulrich Kirchhoff jumped a clear round under pressure in the third slot Thursday to set up Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum, who clinched the crown for Germany with a faultless final ride.


Germany finished on a two-round total of 1.75 faults for a comfortable victory. The United States, which had three riders turn in clear rounds, took silver on 12 faults.


Rodrigo Pessoa lifted Brazil to its first-ever Olympic equestrian medal by taking his team past France for the bronze with a faultless final round. Brazil finished on 17.25 faults, and France was fourth with 20.25.


In the first round, Sloothaak misjudged the approach to the Texas Ranch Gate Option in the middle of the course and fell heavily as his mount, Joly, ploughed through, taking down three of the five planks.


Sloothaak left the course holding his bloodied right wrist but returned after having two stitches inserted and led the German charge with a brilliant opening to the second half of the competition.


For Germany, the victory reaffirmed its supremacy and made up for the team's disappointment in Barcelona.


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Argentine Olympic equestrian team members, accused of using inhumane training methods, could face a ban by the International Equestrian Federation, or FEI.


The FEI appeal committee went on a fact-finding visit to Pine Top Farm, where the Argentine team had its pre-Olympic training, and referred the case to the FEI judicial committee Thursday, saying the evidence could warrant penalties including suspensions.


Argentina was allowed to compete in Thursday's team show jumping and finished 17th of 19.


The FEI said Wednesday that German reserve three-day rider Matthias Baumann had produced photographs of Argentines allegedly using fences containing nails and wire.


The appeal committee said it was convinced the photographs were taken at Pine Top Farm, but withheld a decision because Baumann and other witnesses had returned home.


The committee also noted that the Argentine horses did not appear to show any evidence of the alleged abuse.