historical day for france in the vaulting

in the culmination of an electric men’s individual final, the french make it a historical day by taking both the gold and silver medals, plus the host nation's first medals of the world equestrian games.

historical day for france in the vaulting
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current european champion, jacques ferrari gave a masterclass in vaulting to claim his place as the new world champion. his performance left the crowds reeling with a standing ovation to be awarded the highest score of the competition so far, 9.166, giving him a final championship total of 8.629. “this is the crowning of a long process of many years, not just for myself but my family, friends and my teammates, and the culmination of the development of a style i have tried to design” jacques said. he was ambiguous about his future however, “this is a sign that i have reached the limit and the pinnacle of my career so i don’t know what will follow after this.”

nicolas andreani, previous world champion, claimed the silver medal this afternoon behind his french compatriot with his ingenious einstein themed freestyle, giving him a freestyle score of 8.723 for a final score of 8.498. “i feel a great sense of satisfaction with a silver medal, especially as the last two seasons have been difficult for me so i am very happy,” nicolas said, “if i could have signed a document six months ago that said i would have won the silver i would have signed it in a wink.”

germany’s erik oese held onto his overnight third place to clinch his bronze medal with a score of 8.835, which was higher than nicolas’ freestyle score but not quite enough to give him the overall championship total he needed for silver, he lay just a fraction of a penalty behind nicolas with a total of 8.483. “i am absolutely delighted with my result, every medal is a medal,” erik said, “this is my first weg and i found it harder than the two other championships i have attended but it has been fun.”

for the full results of the individual men’s freestyle and final results click here.

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