Irish Bertram Allen at Olympic Games 2016 in Rio, Brazil

The Irish talent is amongst the fifteen individulal riders qualified in their respective groups

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Fifteen individual jumping athletes will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and as 2015 comes towards an end Bertram Allen and Gregory Wathelet are amongst those riders topping their respective groups. There are fifteen teams already qualified for the Games; Brazil (host nation), Netherlands, France, USA, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Qatar, Ukraine, Japan and Australia – while individual athletes from non-qualified nations have to battle it out on the FEI Olympic Athletes Ranking (Jumping) to make it to Rio. Fifteen individual quota places of one athlete and one horse will be reserved for NOCs with a maximum of two athletes with one horse each per NOC. Only NOCs which have not obtained a team quota place are eligible to qualify for individual quota places. The FEI Olympic Athletes Ranking (Jumping) is limited to the best fifteen results per athlete/horse combination in specified events within the period from 1 January 2015 to 6 March 2016 included. The FEI Olympic Athletes Ranking will be finalized at the 6th of March, and on the current version results between 1.1.2015-30.11.2015 are counted. Once a month the list will be published in an updated version. The Groups are divided in: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Four athletes will qualify from group A (North Western Europe), B (South Western Europe), C (Central & Eastern Europe; Central Asia) and F (Africa and the Middle East).
The best ranked athlete in the FEI Olympic Athletes Ranking (Jumping) from each of the four above mentioned groups will qualify one individual quota place for their NOC. Group A sees Ireland’s Bertram Allen on top with Romanov (1065 points).
​Allen is also second with Molly Malone V (1068.06 points) and third is Ireland’s Conor Swail with Viva Colombia (794.50 points). Gregory Wathelet with Conrad de Hus (1242 points) leads group B, while Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano with Admara 2 (1130 points) is rank two and Portugal’s Luciana Diniz with Fit For Fun (1129.50 points) is rank three.