Andre Thieme has become the European champion in show jumping riding DSP Chakaria, making up for a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Games in which he finished joint-31st in the individual competition and Germany failed to finish the team event.
Thieme and DSP Chakaria went into the last of five rounds of jumping at the 2021 FEI Jumping European Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany, in the lead, with just 2.84 penalties from the first qualification round.
As the last of the riders, the 46-year-old – who had already picked up team silver at the Euros earlier this week – knew that he had to pick up no more than 6 penalties to clinch individual gold.
Although DSP Chakaria, the same horse he rode in Tokyo, did commit an obstacle fault for 4 penalty points, his total of 6.84 was good for gold.
Switzerland's Martin Fuchs, who was 16th in the individual competition in Tokyo, took silver.
Riding Leone Jei, the Swiss had 5.31 penalty points going into the last round before picking up 4 more penalties for a final total of 9.31.
However, Fuchs held on for silver after Peder Fredricson of Sweden – Olympic silver medallist in individual and champion in team – missed the mark on his last round with Catch Me Not S.
Fredricson was sitting on 4.46 penalties heading into the last round, and when Catch Me Not S committed a jump fault, could not afford any further errors.
However, the Swede and his mount did not cross the line in the allowable time, adding one further time penalty point for a total of 9.46, which eventually left him with bronze.
Neither Fuchs (Clooney 51) nor Fredricson (All In) rode the same horses they did last month in the Japanese capital.