Germany Make Vaulting History At WEG
A vibrant night in Tryon at Christie's International Real Estate arena as Team Germany win gold in the first ever Nations Team Championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon.
The first medals were awarded for the inaugural Nations Team Vaulting Championship which debuted to astounding success and acclaim. Adding fire to the Games, the competition provided the perfect showcase of the evolution and expansion of FEI Vaulting worldwide.
The team comprising of Kristina Boe, Jannik Heiland and the German Squad – Team Norka des VV Koeln-Dunnewald - collectively excelled, posting breath-taking scores to take top honours.
Not only do they come away with elusive FEI gold medals around their necks, they leave with bragging rights amongst the global vaulting community, as the newly crowned world’s best vaulting nation.
It was their flawless delivery that sealed the deal with Kristina Boe posting 8.500, Jannik Heiland 8.986 and Team Germany delivering a breath-taking 9.016, for a cumulative total of 26.502. Both individuals and the Squad, an integral part in this astonishing victory – an impressive feat for a country with such a rich vaulting history.
For us, it is so special because as a contingent we are such great friends and I think the opportunity to come together and work as a team is fantastic.”
As the scores from the Nations Championship are carried over into their respective classes, the dominant performance by Team Germany could prove defining as we head into the second round of the competition.
“As it also counts as our first freestyle in the team competition, we knew it was vital to perform well. We didn’t look at what any other national team had done before us and we only focussed on our own performance, as you can’t influence anyone else. I am just so proud of our team,” said German Coach of the German squad Bamdad Memarian.
Only sheer perfection from Team Germany would secure the gold medal after Team Switzerland, comprising of Nadja Büttiker (8.489), Lukas Heppler (8.516) and the Swiss squad (8.828) mounted their assault on the leader board, amassing 25.833 points. Their intricate, dynamic transitions not enough to stop team Germany from taking the top step on the podium, the Swiss finishing in silver medal position.
Testament to the quality of the competition, on any other day the score of 8.706 posted by Torben Jacobs and Theresa-Sophie Bresch (GER) would be enough to sit as overnight leaders. They currently sit in 4th and will be back to fight it out for the Pas De Deux medals tomorrow.
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