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Denis Lynch second in Switzerland
31 Jan 2016 17:05
Tipperary's Denis Lynch continued his brilliant run of form, with a runner-up finish in the five-star Longines World Cup Class at Zurich in Switzerland.
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The second place finish netted Lynch €40,000 and gives him a great chance of making the World Cup finals at the end of March. It also boosts Ireland’s hopes of securing a second individual place at the Olympic Games in Rio.
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Riding the Thomas Straumann-owned stallion All Star, Lynch was narrowly pipped for victory by Swiss rider Pius Schwizer and PSG Future, who scored a win in front of their home fans.
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It was the third time in a fortnight that Lynch and All Star finished second in a major five-star contest as part of a charge up the Olympic ranking list.
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They were runners-up in the last World Cup round at Leipzig in Germany and also finished second in the Longines Grand Prix in Zurich on Friday night.
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This latest result increases Ireland’s hopes of qualifying two individual riders for the Show Jumping competition at the Olympic Games in Rio.
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Bertram Allen looks likely to secure a place for Ireland based on his current Olympic ranking but the result today will move Denis Lynch into strong contention to take a second place for Ireland ahead of the cut off date on 6 March.
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While the places are secured by individual riders, Olympic places are allocated to the country of the riders involved.
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