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Sport Aussie dressage trio struggle in Olympics

16:18  25 july  2021
16:18  25 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Equestrian Kelly Layne did her best to remain composed on a night to forget as the three-person Australian team all failed to reach the Olympic dressage grand prix finals in Tokyo.

a man wearing a suit and hat: Australia's Olympic dressage competition didn't go to plan for Kelly Layne and her teammates. © AP PHOTO Australia's Olympic dressage competition didn't go to plan for Kelly Layne and her teammates.

Layne's horse Samhitas wasn't cooperating at Equestrian Park on Sunday, the rider doing her best to stay cool as she finished with a group-low 58.354 per cent.

That followed Simone Pearce's 68.494 per cent effort on Destano, good enough for fifth in her 10-strong group.

On Saturday the Games' oldest competitor, 66-year-old Australian Mary Hanna (67.981) was sixth in her group.

The scores meant all three missed the individual dressage final, while their combined score also saw them drop out of the top-eight nations to compete in the teams grand prix special.

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