Summary of the first round of the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final
The competition is now open in Saumur, the world capital of horseriding and equestrian arts, which will host the FEI Vaulting World Cup Final until tonight. Yesterday, there was the first of the two rounds counting for the ranking was played, which will determine the winners of the Final in three categories: female, male and Pas-de-deux.
Among the men, let’s say there was the Colombian Juan Martin Clavijo and the others. This 19-year-old kid, who this year competed in his first FEI World Cup season in vaulting logically competes in his first Final, is a phenomenon of grace and flexibility, a legend of equestrian sports in his country. All equestrian disciplines combined, he was the first (and only) Colombian to win world gold in a championship! “I had a lot of pleasure vaulting tonight, he said after his performance; that was my main goal. Tonight’s footage was even more fluid than yesterday’s in the warm-up. The FEI World Cup format, which gives us an extra 20 seconds in our freestyle programs, is very welcome.” A star is born ! Juan Martin Clavijo leads Germany’s Jannik Heiland in second and Thomas Brusewitz in third.
On the French side, Clément Taillez, the only Frenchman to qualify for the FEI Vaulting World Cup Final, is in fifth place. Satisfied with his performance, the external resident of the Saumur’s vaulting Pôle France flew in front of his audience, on a delicate Ave Maria. “I promised myself a day of vaulting on an Ave Maria; I said to myself, “When I get strong, I’ll vault on it”; I just had to wait until I was ready to face such a musical masterpiece.” The time for Taillez seems to have come and the Frenchman will be keen to aim for a podium tomorrow, on the occasion of the second round of this FEI Corld Cup Final.
Last category, the Pas-de-Deux is led again by a German couple, Theresa-Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs, who are on track to win a second title in this FEI Vaulting World Cup Final, after their victory last year.
Verdicts of this 2019 Final today, at 9pm French time. Titan clash in perspective!