The Irish show-jumping trio of Bertram Allen, Darragh Kenny and Cian O'Connor all missed out on the medal jump-off in the individual jumping event at the Tokyo Games.

Hopes were high for all three coming into the final after they all posted clear rounds in Tuesday's preliminary event but on a tougher day, only six of the 30 finalists made it through to the jump-off.

Great Britain's Ben Maher won gold after the jump-off with silver going to Sweden's Peder Fredricson and Maikel van der Vleuten of the Netherlands taking the bronze.

O’Connor was the first up for Ireland and the closest to earning a place in the jump-off, agonisingly missing out by less than half of a second.

Aboard his horse Kilkenny, O’Connor produced a magnificent display and was the first rider to get around the course without any jump penalties.

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However, he crossed the line in 88.45, less than half a second beyond the allotted 88 seconds and picked up a single penalty point for that, costing him a shot at the medals. He eventually finished in seventh overall.

Afterwards O'Connor confirmed that he won't compete in the team event this weekend as Kilkenny has picked up a minor injury. He said he has been cleared to compete but wishes to be mindful of the nine-year-old horse.

O'Connor said: "I couldn't be happier with him. To finish seventh at the Olympic Games for such a young and inexperienced horse, I'm very happy.

"I've decided not to put Kilkenny forward for the team competition as his well-being comes first. I have no doubt we will have much success together in the future."

Team Ireland veterinarian Marcus Swail said: "Kilkenny recovered quickly, and all vitals were normal. He was subject to further examination at the on-site veterinary clinic and the horse is now comfortable and back in his stable."

Shane Sweetnam is Ireland's alternate, aboard Alejandro, and will now take his place on the team for Friday's qualifier along with Kenny and Allen.

Allen was next up for the Irish, coming in on Pacino Amiro and knowing he needed a fault-free round to have any medal hopes.

Allen started strongly with a really good line across the first five fences. He continued in that form until the middle of his run when cut a corner and knocked down the first of three combination fences.

The Irish rider dropped another bar towards the end and finished with eight penalties in a time of 84.64, leaving him out of the medal picture. He finished in 15th overall.

"I was getting there a bit close. I tried to get him back to me," explained Allen afterwards.

"He's a big horse, maybe not just as rideable as he needs to be - but that comes with the territory of being only a nine-year-old."

Kenny produced the second best run in Tuesday's preliminary round and safely navigated the first few fences but his horse Cartello just trailed a hind leg to bring down the bar on what looked to be an easy enough jump midway through his run.

Another bar went just before the end and Kenny finished with eight faults in a time of 85.11 for a 17th place finish.

Kenny said: "I thought my horse jumped well, it was a very tough course. I made a little mistake coming out of the double and I paid for it. Then, I was trying to be a quick four-faulter and I had one more down with the horse.

"The horse jumped really well, I just needed to ride it a little bit better today….He feels good after that round. We'll just freshen him up a little bit now for Friday and Saturday."

The showjumpers have a rest day tomorrow before the start of the team qualifier on Friday.