AT THE END OF AN INCREDIBLY INTENSE COMPETITION, THE BRAZILIAN MARLON MODOLO ZANOTELLI WON THE LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR IN PARIS ON SATURDAY ON THE CHAMP DE MARS, THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT OF THE LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR - LONGINES PARIS EIFFEL JUMPING. OLIVIER ROBERT, THE ONLY FRENCH RUNNER-UP, TOOK A FINE SIXTH PLACE.
- The Paris LGCT for the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli The Paris Panthers win the GCL presented by the City of Paris
- CSI 1* : The American Hayley Barnhill does it again
- Arrival of the Route Eiffel this Sunday on the LGCT-LPEJ track
- Sunday, beginning of the events at 8 am. At 2:45 pm, start of the Saint-Laurent Eiffel Challenge, the biggest race of the day.
The explosion of joy of the Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli was intense, extreme, radical.
Just like his barrage in the Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris. The last of the seven jump-off riders to start, the South American champion of 2019 has made a perfect round. A maximum risk taking, trajectories worthy of the best motorcycle riders, at the permanent limit of the break. And at the finish an incredible victory, his first in a 5-star Grand Prix, with more than a second of advance on the time of the British Lily Attwood, 20 years old, that many thought then untouchable. At 34, the Brazilian, world number 7 based in Belgium, signed one of the biggest victories of his career thanks to his 11 year old mare Like A Diamond van het Schaek and succeeded in Paris to the British Olympic champion Ben Maher. This success in the ninth of the 16 legs of the LGCT circuit also offers him a qualification for the Grand Final in Prague next November.
The podium is completed by the American Lillie Keenan, 25, on Queensland E.
The only one of the eight French riders at the start to make it to the jump-off, Olivier Robert on Vivaldi des Meneaux, very fast (2nd time) but guilty of a fault, took a fine sixth place. In the general ranking of the circuit, the German Christian Ahlmann, 15th at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, keeps his first place.
Marlon Modolo Zanotelli : "It's incredible. Finally! I have been waiting for a victory in such a prestigious Grand Prix for quite some time. I was often second but it was not smiling. Tonight, my mare was just exceptional. But it's the work of a whole team that supports me all the time. In the jump-off, I know that my mare is very fast. So I just tried to do what she does but be a little bit shorter in my turns."
In the GCL presented by the City of Paris, the Paris Panthers, with Olympic champion Ben Maher, Ireland's Darragh Kenny and Belgium's Gregory Wathelet, won their first event of the season. The individual event, which is the qualification for the Grand Prix, was won by the Belgian Gregory Wathelet (Iron Man van de Padenborre), who won ahead of Marlon Modollo Zanotelli (Like a Diamond van het Schaek) and the French rider Pénélope Leprévost (Texas).
CSI 1*: Two out of two for Hayley Barnhill
Already victorious on Friday, the American Hayley Barnhill confirmed her domination this Saturday by winning the Prix Metrobus (1.40m). First with her mare Jasmijn, she also took third place with Cadeau JH. Only the French Dorothée Amar, second, succeeded in challenging the American supremacy in this event where the actress Marina Hands was also competing. At the opening of the day, the Belgian Anouch Danneels won the Prix Joone (1,15m) in front of the American actress, fashion designer and producer Mary Kate Olsen. The Dutch anthem was then played in honor of the very young (13 years old) Yoni van Santvoort, winner of the Prix Cavalassur in favor of Imagine for Margo.