Irish showjumpers win Nations Cup Final and place at Tokyo Olympics

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Paul O'Shea, Peter Moloney, Team Manager Rodrigo Pessoa, Darragh Kenny and Cian O'Connor of Ireland celebrate on the podium following their victory in the final competition during Day 4 of Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final at Real Club de Polo de Barcelona on October 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

The Irish showjumping team won the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona this afternoon and in the process qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

The Rodrigo Pessoa-managed team of Darragh Kenny, Peter Moloney, Cian O’Connor and Paul O’Shea took the final qualifying spot available for Tokyo 2020 as an Irish showjumping qualified for an Olympic Games for the first time since Athens 2004.

The team of Waterford man Peter Moloney with Chianti’s Champion, Limerick’s Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Balou du Reventon and anchor Cian O’Connor with PSG Final put in an incredible performance to claim the end of season finale, ahead of defending champions Belgium, with Sweden taking third, ahead of Italy and France.

This afternoon, the Irish team needed to finish above both Italy and Colombia in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in order to book their ticket to Tokyo, and not alone did they do that, but they also claimed the €1.25m top prize for winning today’s competition.

Pessoa’s side finished the class on just one time fault, meaning that for the first time ever, Ireland will have teams in eventing, dressage and showjumping competing at an Olympic Games.

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