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Equestrian Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Equestrian at Olympics: Equestrian is the "expertise to drive or ride a horse". Horses have been trained and used for transport and other practical works since the historical days. They have also been used for sports for a long time. Various types of horse riding are included in the program of equestrian events. Earlier some of the equestrian events were

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 43
  • Number of Athletes : 200
  • Total Events : 6

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Equestrian-Dressage Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 10, 201610:0016:30Equestrian dressageM/FDressage Team PreliminariesNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 11, 201610:0016:30Equestrian dressageM/FDressage Team PreliminariesNoOlympic EquestrianDeodoro
Aug 12, 201610:0016:35Equestrian dressageM/FDressage Team FinalsYesOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 15, 201610:0014:00Equestrian dressageM/FDressage Individual FinalsYesOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Equestrian-Eventing 2016 Olympic Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 201610:0016:05Equestrian eventingM/FEventing Individual and Team DressageNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 7, 201610:0016:05Equestrian eventingM/FEventing Individual and Team DressageNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 8, 201610:0015:35Equestrian eventingM/FEventing Cross-CountryNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 9, 201610:0015:35Equestrian eventingM/FEventing Individual and Team Jumping FinalYesOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Equestrian-Jumping 2016 Olympic Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 14, 201610:0013:45Equestrian jumpingM/FJumping Individual QualificationNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 16, 201610:0013:00Equestrian jumpingM/FJumping Team QualificationNoOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 17, 201610:0012:45Equestrian jumpingM/FJumping Team FinalYesOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro
Aug 19, 201610:0015:00Equestrian jumpingM/FJumping Individual FinalYesOlympic Equestrian CentreDeodoro

open for only military officers. The equestrian events consist of three disciplines. The disciplines are-dressage, eventing and jumping or show jumping. Dressage is a ballet performance with horses. In the three round events, horses execute set movements. In the first two events, the horse and the rider have to practice the routine dressage actions. The third round is a freestyle round, in which the rider performs with music. Eventing is a combination of dressage and jumping. With the two events, there is one more event included in the eventing program -a cross-country ride on horse back. Eventing is contested at duration of three days. Jumping or show jumping is an event, in which, riders have to overcome obstacles set on the course. The sport is governed by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports or the FEI.

Equestrian in the Summer Games: equestrian was introduced to the Summer Games at the 1900 Paris Summer Games. In the 1900 Games, the events included in the equestrian program were jumping, high jump and long jump. The sport returned to the Olympics during the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games. This time more disciplines were included in the equestrian schedule. Since 1912, the sport has been contested regularly at the Summer Games. Equestrian is the only sport event, where men and women can compete together. Currently the events held during the equestrian competition are -

  • Individual jumping
  • Team jumping
  • Individual eventing
  • Team eventing
  • Individual dressage
  • Team dressage

Rules of equestrian: The International Federation for Equestrian Sports or the FEI is authorized to set rules for the equestrian event at the international level. Some of the rules are-
  • The events contested during the equestrian competition can be divided in various categories.
  • No rider is allowed to abuse the horse he is riding on during the competition. Abuse of the animal can lead to punishment, even disqualification from the competition.
  • A number of judges are appointed during the equestrian competition to monitor the event.
  • The course should be designed for each discipline according to the regulation of that discipline.
  • A rider is penalized for knocking down the obstacles in the jumping events. The competitor with minimum number of penalties is declared the winner of the event.
  • The age of the horses participating in the competition is specified by the FEI.
  • The size and structure of the arena, where the competition is held, are determined by the FEI.
  • In the jumping event, the height of the obstacles and the distance between two consecutive obstacles are specified by the FEI.
  • During the dressage competition, the riders have to perform the specified set of movements.
  • In a championship, a participant is allowed to ride only one horse.
  • For each part of the eventing competition, a different time table is used.
  • The attires of the competitors during the competition have to be in accordance with the sport's rules.

Medal winners in equestrian: Rodrigo Pessoa, Chris Kappler, Marco Katscher, Leslie Law, Kimberly Severson, Pippa Funnell, Anky van Grunsven, Ulla Salzgeber, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, David O'Connor, Blyth Tait, Andrew Hoy, Mark Todd, Matthew Ryan, Pierre Durand, Greg Best, Norman Dello Joio and Sven Rothenberger are some of the leading horse riders in the field of the equestrian events at the international level.

Equestrian Top Men Medalists

Men Medals
GermanyReiner Klimke6028
GermanyHans Günther Winkler5117
USAJohn Michael Plumb2406

Equestrian Top Women Medalists

NetherlandsAnky van Grunsven3519
GermanyIsabell Werth5308
GermanyLisetott Linsenhoff2215

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Last updated on: August 03, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


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