Australia take eventing silver

Andrew Hoy has won a fifth Olympic medal with Australia taking teams silver in the eventing.
Andrew Hoy has won a fifth Olympic medal with Australia taking teams silver in the eventing.

Australia have won an equestrian eventing silver medal at the Tokyo Games.

The thee-man team of Kevin McNab, Shane Rose and Andrew Hoy finished behind gold medallists Great Britain with France taking bronze.

For veteran rider Hoy, it was a fifth Olympic medal.

The 62-year-old, who made his Olympics debut in 1984 and is competing at a record eighth Games, had previously won three golds and a silver.

Rose was part of Australia eventing teams which had won silver at Beijing in 2008 and Rio eight years later.

Australia had started the final day of the eventing program 17.90 points behind Great Britain and just 0.90 ahead of France.

McNab increased Australia's narrow lead over France with a faultless round on Don Quidam in 77.76 seconds - 1.24 seconds inside the time limit.

Rose picked up a four-point penalty aboard Virgil, leaving Hoy with little margin for error.

He responded in immaculate fashion with a clear round in 74.93 seconds to secure silver for Australia.

Great Britain finished on 86.30 points, Australia 100.20 and France 101.50.

Australian Associated Press