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Sport Equestrian veteran off pace in sixth Games

14:08  24 july  2021
14:08  24 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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  Australian banned from Olympics for drugs Australian equestrian rider Jamie Kermond has been suspended from the Tokyo Olympics after he tested positive for cocaine.The showjumper tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in a test on June 26, Equestrian Australia says.

Australian grandmother and six-time Olympics veteran Mary Hanna looks set to miss the final of the equestrian dressage Grand Prix in Tokyo.

a person riding a horse: Australia equestrian veteran Mary Hanna is contesting her sixth Olympic Games in Tokyo. © EPA PHOTO Australia equestrian veteran Mary Hanna is contesting her sixth Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 66-year-old, who along with table tennis great Jian Fang Lay become the first Australian women to contest six Games in Japan, finished sixth of nine with her horse Calanta in Saturday's group qualifiers.

The top two in each group progress to the final, as well as the next best six performers.


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Hanna made a handful of minor errors that proved costly at Equestrian Park, her score of 67.981 per cent below her best and almost 10 points behind group leader, Britain's Charlotte Fry.

Compatriots Simone Pearce, riding Destano, and Kelly Layne (Samhitas) are still to compete in later groups.

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