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O'Connor Wins Three-Day Event

September 22, 2000|Associated Press

David O'Connor won the individual three-day event, giving the United States its first equestrian gold medal since 1984.

O'Connor, of The Plains, Va., riding Custom Made, had a margin of two jump rails over Andrew Hoy of Australia as he entered the ring as the last rider. He took down only one.

O'Connor added five points for that jump rail to his dressage score of 29.0 and his clean cross-country round to finish with 34.0 points.

The biggest cheers were for hometown favorite Hoy. Aboard Swizzle In, he moved from fourth to silver with a clean jumping round and 39.8 points.

Mark Todd of New Zealand won the bronze on Eyespy II with 42.0 points.

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