posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 06:40 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Germany won its third straight Olympic team gold medal in jumping with a stirring performance on Tuesday night at
the Markopoulo Equestrian Centre.
The U.S. equestrian team won its second team medal of the Athens Games, taking the silver in a jump-off with Sweden.
For Germany it was Ludger Beerbaum's fifth gold medal in as many Olympic Games as he rode his horse, Goldfever. Also helping Germany to the gold were
Christian Ahlmann, Marco Kutscher and Otto Becker.
There were two regular rounds of jumping with one session held Tuesday morning and the other one at night. In the end, the U.S. squad of Chris
Kappler, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward and Peter Wylde were able to hold off Sweden.
Germany had just eight penalty points to easily win the competition, while the U.S. and Sweden each had 20 through two rounds.
The jump-off was supposed to be a four-on-four competition, but the U.S. was ahead six seconds, and the Swedes determined they couldn't catch the
Americans for the silver, so they conceded it.
It was the first team medal for Sweden since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.