Ireland have taken decision to pull out of the qualifiers for the team showjumping final after Shane Sweetnam on Alejandro's elimination left a mountain to climb for the two remaining riders Bertram Allen and Darragh Kenny.

Sweetnam, the first of the Irish riders in the ring, came off the horse after barrelling into a number of fences, losing a shoe in the process.

Qualification for the final with just two riders was an virtually impossible task and the decision was taken not to continue.