The Irish showjumping team has narrowly missed out on an opportunity to qualify for next year's Olympics.

The team of Cian O'Connor, Shane Sweetnam, Peter Moloney and Daragh Kenny finished seventh overall out of 15 at the European Championships in Rotterdam, missing out on the Tokyo games by one place.

Ireland, who came in as reigning European champions, have one more chance to qualify at the Nations Cup final in Barcelona in early October.

Belgium took the gold medal with a combined 12.07 faults, Germany were second on 16.22 and Great Britain claimed bronze with 21.41.

Despite clear rounds from O'Connor and Sweetnam on their best day so far, Ireland trailed France (25.39), Sweden (26.81) and Switzerland (31.83) with 34.36 team faults for the week.

There were three Olympic spots on offer. Germany, Sweden and Switzerland had already qualified so Belgium, Great Britain and France win the available places.

Peter Moloney (13th, 8.75 faults) and Darragh Kenny (17th, 9.78) were to compete in the two-round individual final on Sunday, but following consultation with team management and with their horses owners, the pair have decided not to jump.

Instead they will save their horses for the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in October.