Stockholm, Sweden – June 29, 2021 – The Swedish Equestrian Federation (Svenska Ridsport Forbundet) and the The Swedish Olympic Committee, through it national team captain Henrik Ankarcrona (SWE), have announced the showjumping team to represent the nations in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Malin Baryard Johnsson (SWE), Peder Fredricson (SWE), Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) are the riders who get the confidence to defend the blue-yellow colors at the Olympics, on August 3-7 at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo.
Swedish jumping has a strong tradition of success at the Olympics. Most recently in Rio 2016, Peder Fredricson (SWE) claimed silver in the individual competition. Prior to that, Sweden had won eight Olympic medals in jumping.
When national team captain Henrik Ankarcrona (SWE) presented the riders during a press conference at Stockholm Stadium, he did so at a classic Olympic ground. Here, Swedish show jumpers took home the team gold when the Olympics were hel in Stockholm in 1912.
– It is extra fun to present the team right here. Of course, we hope to be able to offer success in Tokyo as well. With the experienced team we travel with, we of course have a high goal, says Henrik Ankarcrona (SWE).
It is really merited and experienced riders who take on the challenge in Tokyo. Together, they have made 14 Olympics, 15 World Cups and 24 European Championships. For Malin Baryard Johnsson (SWE), the Olympics in Tokyo will be her fifth appearance at the Olympic Games.
– The Olympics are definitely one of the biggest and finest competitions you can take part in. That is what all athletes strive for. An Olympic medal is the best thing you can win, says Malin Baryard Johnsson.
Peder Fredricson (SWE) goes to Tokyo with the Olympic silver in Rio still fresh in his memory.
“Of course I have fantastic memories from Rio and am really looking forward to Tokyo. But it is a new Olympics, with new conditions and challenges,” he says.
For jumping, the Olympics in Tokyo means a lot of news in layout and rules. Unlike previous Olympic Games, the individual competition is decided first and the games end with the team final on Saturday, the 7th of August. Three riders ride individually and for the team, but the league captain can choose to replace one rider between the individual competition and the team competition.
“It is a completely new format and it will be exciting to see how it will turn out. We have worked a lot with this. It is really important to be tactically smart in your approach,” says Henrik Ankarcrona.
Source: Press Release for Swedish Equestrian Federation
Photo: © Svenska Ridsport Forbundet