Israel narrowly won the 2019 Jumping Group C1 Olympic Qualification Event to qualify to the Olympics. Only the highest ranked eligible team qualified their nation to the team event. Group C consist of nations from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Jumping Group C1 Olympic Qualification Event was held in conjunction with other events in Moscow, Russia from June 27th to June 30th 2019.
Unlike other groups, Group C decided to split their two team quotas across two events, allowing eligible nations to select one to compete in. In total, six nations were present: Azerbaijan, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan. Other competing nations chose to compete in the C2 qualifier, held in Budapest, Hungary a few days ago.
The first round saw Poland take a narrow lead of 13 points over Israel’s 15 points while the other nations were far behind with Russia in third place with 42 points. Azerbaijan had two athletes DNS, eliminating them from the competition. The best performing riders were Poland’s Jan Bobik whom had a clean round while Israel’s Daniel Bluman had a single penalty point. The second round saw both Israel and Poland put up great performance with two riders from both nations posting clear runs. As Israel was competing with four riders, they were able to drop their lowest score, meaning they incurred only a single additional penalty point to finish the event with 16 points to win the event and Olympic quota. Three team Poland on the other hand incurred a four point penalty on the round and finished second with 17 points. Russia finished in a distant third with 54 points.
Athletes which are selected to the team event will also be eligible to compete in the individual event. Additionally, all athletes must achieve the minimum eligibility requirements in order to be allowed to compete. These nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the team event through the Nations Cup Final.