Smolders (second from left) and Farrington (right) in 2016Credit : Sportfot
Tuesday 06 March - 14h51 | Ian Clayton
The United States’ Kent Farrington has held on to his #1 position in the latest Longines Rankings for international 5* Show Jumpers, just ahead of Dutchman Harrie Smolders, who has narrowed the gap at the top of the sport.
Chicago native Farrington has been out of action recently after falling and injuring his leg competition mid-February in Florida. The rider subsequently posted a photo from his hospital bed, vowing to “come back stronger than ever.” In the latest standings published by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), Farrington has 3173 points, followed by the Netherlands’ Smolders with 3058 and New York State resident McLain Ward with 2953. Indeed, the leading group in the rankings has stayed unchanged so far in 2018, with riders 1-7 remaining in the same spot as last month.After Farrington, Smolders and Ward, the group is made up of France’s Kevin Staut, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and Henrik von Eckermann and Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca in spots 4-7 respectively. Swiss rider Steve Guerdat jumps from 10th to 8th, and France’s Simon Delestre holds steady at #9 tied with Guerdat’s compatriot Martin Fuchs (up from 11th place). The top 10 is thus a kind of top 9 with the Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten slipping from No.8 to 11 and Canada’s Eric Lamaze static in 12th. Full standings are here.
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