Douglas Lindelöw på Zacramento (arkivbild)
FOTO: ROLAND THUNHOLM

Douglas sexa i världscupen

2018-01-21

Douglas Lindelöw på Zacramento var dubbelt felfri och slutade på sjätte plats i världscupen i Leipzig. Därmed tog Douglas ett stort steg mot världscupfinalen i Paris.

Douglas gick ut tidigt i grundomgången och korsade mållinjen utan hinderfel. Det hade blivit tidsfel men strax innan Douglas ritt ändrades maxtiden och Douglas var med till omhoppning. Där startade han som andra ryttare och var felfri men med en tid som inte såg oslagbar ut. Det dröjde dock men med femton ryttare i omhoppning blev det förstås fler nollor.

Marcus Ehning tog ledningen inför en entusiastisk hemmapublik. Men det var sista ryttaren som stal showen. Tyske Christian Ahlmann gjorde sin sista tävling med Taloubet Z. Ekipaget har bland annat en finalseger i världscupen på meritlistan och jublet visste inga gränser när de gick i mål som segrare. Judy Ann Melchior, sambo med Ahlmann och ägare till hästen, kunde inte hålla tillbaka tårarna och hela publiken reste sig upp för att hylla ekipaget.

Kevin Staut var femma i dagens klass och gick upp i ledning i världscupen med hela 65 poäng. Henrik von Eckermann ligger tvåa på 57. Med dagens 11 poäng gick Douglas Lindelöw upp på fjortonde plats, med tre omgångar kvar har han en god chans att komma med till finalen.

Ytterligare två svenska  ryttare fanns med i dagens startfält. Peder Fredricson på Christian K hade ett nedslag i grundomgången och hamnade strax utanför placering. Stephanie Holmén på Flip’s Little Sparrow gjorde världscupdebut och red en fin runda men med två bommar ner och 8 fel.

Resultat

Longines FEI World Cup Jumping - aktuell ställning

Pressinformation från FEI:

In a fairytale finish to his fabulous career, the 18-year-old super-stallion Taloubet Z carried Christian Ahlmann to victory in front of their home crowd at the tenth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League in Leipzig, Germany today. Last to go in an edge-of-the-seat 15-horse jump-off it seemed it would be almost too good to be true if they could beat the rest of the world-class field at a show where they enjoyed so many successes over the years. But they did it and, in his usual style, the extraordinary Taloubet made it look like a walk in the park one last time. There was hardly a dry eye in the house during the prize-giving ceremony in which the German duo took centre stage ahead of runners-up Carlos Lopez and Admara from Colombia and Dutchman Harrie Smolders with Zinius.

Ahlmann isn’t normally one for big emotion, but today the 43-year-old rider’s voice kept breaking when he tried to talk about the horse that was such a prolific winner, and that carried him to four World Cup Finals, who claimed the FEI World Cup™ Jumping title at this very same venue in 2011 and who was so tough that he was still capable of claiming team bronze and individual ninth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The German star admitted that he felt under incredible pressure this evening.

“Yes for everyone else today was a dream, but for me it was a nightmare!” said course designer Frank Rothenberger after 15 horse-and-rider combinations made it into the jump-off. It was a cracker however, and Lopez appeared to have it in the bag when scorching through the finish in 43.39 seconds with the gelding Admara who seems to have found his perfect “other half” since partnering up with the Colombian rider two years ago. Smolders and Zinius, winners at the previous leg in Mechelen (BEL) last month, gave it their best shot but fell short by two-tenths of a second when second-last to go.

The arena fell silent as Ahlmann and Taloubet set off on their final adventure together, but it exploded with sound when, turning to the last full of running and at a flat gallop, the German duo broke the beam two-tenths of a second quicker than Lopez for the win. Even the Colombian runner-up wasn’t disappointed - “today is all about Taloubet anyway” Lopez said. 

And with just three qualifiers still left to go, the next in Zurich (SUI) next Sunday, Ahlmann has now qualified for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2018 Final in Paris (FRA) in April. Like Smolders, who has also made the cut, that wasn’t on the German rider’s radar until today. “I’ll have to have a re-think about that now” he said this evening.

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