Steward jumps out in front of Cian O'Connor and may have cost Ireland Olympic qualification
Team Ireland's Olympic qualification is in jeopardy following a bizarre incident at European Showjumping Championships in Aachen.
There were mental scenes in Germany today when a steward may have cost Ireland a spot in the Olympic showjumping event in 2016.
The arena workers ran in front of Cian O'Connor's horse "Good Luck" in the middle of a run. This affected O'Connor's concentration and caused him to make four faults which has hindered Ireland's chances of qualifying for the Olympics.
Ireland finished just outside Olympic qualification, missing out by just .4 of a penalty. This means that unless there is an inquiry the team will not be jumping at next year's Games.
As Irish showjumping commentator Brendan McArdle reported, the initial appeal from Team Ireland was rejected, but another one is expected to take place.
— Brendan McArdle (@McArdleBrendan) August 21, 2015
Bizarre happening at Euro Show jumping, as one of the Arena workers ran across in front of Cian O'Connor & "Good Luck" leading to 4 faults
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) August 21, 2015
Ireland robbed of a place in RIO by an idiot walking in front of @Cian_O_Connor
— Neil O'Brien (@NeilOBrien1) August 21, 2015
— Amy Shaughnessy (@amyshaugh) August 21, 2015
Ireland lodge objection - a steward ran in front of Cian O'Connor & he had the next fence down. Will be crucial to Ireland qualifying or not
— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) August 21, 2015
— Orlaith Carmody (@OrlaithCarmody) August 21, 2015
You would NOT want to be the guy that got in the way of Cian O'Connor that has cost Ireland a place at Rio😳
— Jenn (@JennaaEvanss) August 21, 2015
— siobhán ellen 👀 (@write_act) August 21, 2015
Heartbreak for Ireland - a grounds person got in the way of Cian O'Connor while on course. Ireland is said to be lodging an appeal...
— Noelle Floyd.com (@Noelle_Floyd) August 21, 2015