Her injured horse, Pénélope Leprévost renounces the Paris Olympic Games

Her injured horse, Pénélope Leprévost renounces the Paris Olympic Games
Her injured horse, Pénélope Leprévost renounces the Paris Olympic Games

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Christophe Lemoine

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May 15, 2024 at 7:26 a.m.

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London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 but not Paris 2024, Pénélope Leprévost will not participate in her fourth Olympic Games next August in France. His horse preselected for the Olympics, Bingo del Tondou, was injured and had fetlock surgery about a fortnight ago. The 13-year-old gelding must undergo a period of convalescence and will obviously not be recovered in time.

“Following a minor injury, our Bingo will have to be sidelined from the competition grounds for some time. A little patience and he will return to the highest level,” explained the rider from Lécaude near Lisieux on social networks Monday May 13, 2024.

The native of Rouen, licensed at the Pôle International du Cheval Longines Deauville, had been on the “On horseback for Paris” list for months with Bingo Del Tondou. The world team vice-champion in 2010 and 2014, European team vice-champion in 2011, was there alongside other Normans, namely François-Xavier Boudant, Julien Epaillard, Kevin Staut and Marc Dilasser .

A team title in Rio in 2016

In 2016, with her friends Kevin Staut, Philippe Rozier and Roger-Yves Bost, the Norman rider won the team title in Brazil ahead of the United States and Germany. An incredible performance that she almost repeated, still with the Blues, five years later in Japan.

Last to set off, after the faultless runs of Mathieu Billot and Simon Delestre, but also the failures of their opponents, Pénélope Leprévost could even afford the luxury of making an error without compromising the first place of the French team. A joker used from the third obstacle where his horse Vancouver de Lanlore, dropped two bars but followed up with two consecutive refusals on the fourth, synonymous with elimination.

Bearer of the Olympic flame

The rider from Pays d’Auge will be the captain of the collective equestrian relay and will carry the Olympic flame to Omaha Beach on Thursday, May 30, 2024. She will in fact lead 23 other riders who will set off on the emblematic Normandy beach and this a few days before the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

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