Michael Jung is number one in the FEI world rankings

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Michael Jung makes debut at Eventing world number one

Michael Jung (GER), who in 2012 became the first Eventing athlete to hold the European, world and Olympic titles simultaneously after scoring individual and team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has jumped to the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings for the first time in his career.

William Fox-Pitt (GBR), the multiple Olympic, World and European medallist who has held the world number one slot for the past 12 months, has now dropped to second.

Jung (32), who was third in last month’s rankings, now has a 58-point lead over Fox-Pitt, with Jonelle Price (NZL) dropping down one place to third but holding on as highest placed female athlete in the world Eventing rankings.

Jung started riding aged six and came to prominence after making his international début in 2009 when he won the Luhmühlen CCI4* on home-turf in Germany, the FEI World Cup™ Eventing final in Strzegom (POL) and an individual European bronze medal in Fontainebleau (FRA). These successes all came with La Biosthetique Sam FBW, the horse that Jung rode to individual gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) in 2010 and double gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jung was also part of Germany’s golden team at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), where he finished second behind his compatriot Sandra Auffarth in the individual rankings.

Last weekend, Jung won leg three of the FEI Classics™ series at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event (USA) with the mare Fischerrocana FST and also finished third on La Biosthetique Sam FBW. He now leads the standings of this prestigious series which links the world’s four-star events.

North Americans (CAN & USA)  in the top 100:

  • Boyd Martin – 4th
  • Phillip Dutton – 9th
  • Buck Davidson – 12th
  • Erin Sylvester – 32nd
  • Lauren Kieffer – 34th
  • Colleen Rutledge – 38th (She moved up 200 places after finishing Covert Rights and Shiraz in the top 15 at Rolex)
  • Marilyn Little – 44th.
  • Matthew Brown – 51st
  • Caroline Martin – 55th
  • Maya Black – 58th
  • Jennie Brannigan – 60th
  • Jessica Phoenix  79th place (Only Canadian in the top 100)
  • Elinor Macphail – 86th
  • Lynn Symansky – 90th

[ FEI World Eventing Rankings here.]

FEI Press Release

 

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