Ireland's show jumping team has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
This weekend’s competition in Barcelona was the last-chance saloon for Ireland and there was only one Olympic place on offer.
Rodrigo Pessoa’s team of Darragh Kenny, Peter Moloney, Cian O’Connor and Paul O’Shea got the job done, qualifying a showjumping team for the first time since Athens 2004.
Kenny, Moloney, O’Connnor and O’Shea won’t necessarily represent Ireland in Japan in 2020 – the make-up of the team will be decided by Pessoa closer to the event.
Ireland qualified for the Longines FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona and had to finish above Italy and Colombia to claim the final Tokyo place.
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They finished the competition on a score of just one time fault to take a stunning win and the €1.25m prize that went with top spot.
The result means that for the first time in history, Ireland will be represented at the Olympic Games by teams in eventing, dressage and show jumping.
Irish team manager Rodrigo Pessoa paid tribute to the team and said:"We had a very clear objective coming here, to get the ticket [to Tokyo] and the five riders that were here fought really hard.
"It's a lot of pressure. People don’t really realise the amount of pressure that is on these riders to bring this qualification home.
"The weight of the country is on their shoulders. It was a big ask for them today and to do it the way that they did, hats off to all five of them."
Peter Moloney added: "This was our goal all year to qualify for the Olympics. I am very lucky to have a very good horse in Chianti's Champion and that makes it a little bit easier.
"We are very fortunate to have great backing from all the guys on the team and from Rodrigo and from Horse Sport Ireland and all the High Performance Committee."