The Complete Guide to Showjumping at the Olympic Games in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021 – It’s showtime for showjumping at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The most important discipline, amongst all equestrian sports, takes center stage this Tuesday at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park. The first Individual jumping competition is just just hours away, starting at 19:00 (6:00 am EST New York time), serving as the qualifier for the Individual Final on Wednesday, August 4.


Individual Competition

Individual Qualifier – Tuesday, August 3 at 6 a.m. EST New York Time

Individual Final – Wednesday, August 4 at 6 a.m. EST New York Time

Team Competition

Team Qualifier – Friday, August 6 at 6 a.m. EDT New York Time

Format for the Individual Competition

The Individual Final is open to the 30 best-placed athletes from the first Individual competition and will be Table A, one round against the clock, with a jump-off for the medal placings if there is a tie on penalties. All athletes start on a zero score in the Individual Final and starting order will be in reverse order of merit following the first Individual competition. 

Format for the Team Competition

The first Team competition is open to *20 teams of three athletes and all teams will start on a zero score. It will take place on 6 August and is a qualifier for the Team Final on 7 August.

The best 10 teams, including those tied for tenth place, will qualify for the Team Final.

Facts & Figures

Team France are the defending Olympic champions having clinched gold for only the second time in Olympic history at the Rio 2016 Games.

Germany however holds the record for the greatest number of Olympic gold medals, with 5 Individual and 8 team titles since Jumping joined the Olympic programme in 1900. 

35 countries 

*19 teams (Australia will not participate in the team competition due to the doping case of one of their team members)

75 horse/athlete combinations

16 countries represented by individuals

Jumping Course Designer is Spain’s Santiago Varela.

Teams will consist of three athlete/horse combinations with all three scores counting for the result, no drop score this time.

Tokyo 2020 Equestrian pages
Equestrian Show Jumping – www.olympic.org/equestrian-jumping

Sources: FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale / Olympics.org

Photo: © FEI / Christophe Taniére