Brazil has made an overnight substitution to their team ahead of the final horse inspection and showjumping. Substitute pair Marcio Appel and Iberon JMen will come forward to jump in place of Rafael Losano and Fuiloda G, who retired on course two fences from home when the mare pulled up. Under the new format, there are certain circumstances in which a horse and rider who don’t complete cross-country can come back to showjump, and as Rafael and Fuiloda didn’t have a fall, they would technically have been eligible to present at the final horse inspection, but it has been decided that the 11-year-old mare’s week will end here. Marcio will inherit their first-phase score of 36, plus 200 penalties for the non-completion of cross-country and a 20-penalty substitution ‘fee’. His starting score of 256, plus teammates Marcelo Tosi and Carlos Parro‘s scores of 40.3 and 58.9, respectively, will put Brazil on an aggregate score of 335.2, which keeps them in 12th place.
The final horse inspection begins at 9.30 a.m. local time on Monday, August 2 — that’s 1.30 a.m. if you’re in the UK, and 8.30 p.m. this evening (August 1) if you’re on the East Coast. The showjumping finale will begin with a first round to decide the team medals from 5.00 p.m. local time/9.00 a.m. British time/4.00 a.m., and will be followed by a second round for the top 25 riders to decide the individual medals. Because he hasn’t done a dressage test or ridden the cross-country phase, Marcio Appel is ineligible to jump in the individual round, but will jump in the team decider.
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