Equestrian eventing final, Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Oliver Townend and Laura Collett go for gold

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Britain's Oliver Townend, riding Ballaghmor Class, reacts after competing during the Equestrian Eventing Dressage competition at Equestrian Park during the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.  - AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster 
Britain's Oliver Townend, riding Ballaghmor Class, reacts after competing during the Equestrian Eventing Dressage competition at Equestrian Park during the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. - AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

08:11 AM

The TV coverage of this

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and also on Eurosport 2 from 1030 am UK time.

08:06 AM

So the first competitor is off

in this - it's Spain's Francisco Gavino Gonzalez and his horse Source De La Faye. A round costing 12 penalties has left him with a total penalty score and that is a total penalty score of 135.30. That makes him, for a couple of minutes at least, the leader. If it was golf you'd call it the clubhouse leader. Not sure if eventing has a similar term. The stable leader? The horsebox boss man?

Anyway, I don't suppose Snr Gavino Gonzalez will be in there for all that long.

07:59 AM

So Britain will go into this final

discipline with a huge lead in the three-day event.

07:07 AM

Good morning and welcome

to our live blog of the equestrian eventing. Team GB come into this day in pole position. We have the Equestrian - Jumping - Team Final and Individual Qualifiers coming up. At 1700 Tokyo time, or 0900 BST, the individuals start.

GB did superbly in the cross-country: world number one Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen lead the team event. Australia and France are up there.

All of our trio are in the top six. Townend is in first, Collett third and McEwen sixth.

They will have a round of showjumping which decides the team medals and then the individual medals are sorted from 1245pm.

It's 49 years since GB won the team gold, in Munich. And surprisingly perhaps, only Richard Meade (1972) and Leslie Law (2004) - have won the individual gold.

Townend and his horse Ballaghmor Class lead on 23.60 penalties, Germany's Julia Krajewski the danger 2.0 behind..

"We know he is a special horse. He is tough and digs deep," said Townend.

"It's his mentality, more than anything. He is quirky, but he is tough, and the bottom line is he wants to do his job more than most horses."

And there's a great story with Laura.

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Team GB have come through the second horse inspection fine.

Attention turns now to the showjumping element. They allow a time of about 2 minutes 30 seconds per competitor.

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Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser: 23rd into the arena at approximately 5.55pm local time (9.55am here)

Laura Collett and London 52: 37th into the arena at approximately 6.30pm local time (10.30am)

Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class: 51st - that is last - into the arena at approximately 7.05pm local time (11.05am)

The first competitors to go are Spain's Francisco Gavino Gonzalez, partnered by Source De La Faye.