McLain Ward

France bounces back to win show jumping gold; US second

France bounced back from a difficult week to claim its second team title in equestrian at the Rio Games, beating the United States to a gold medal in the show jumping Wednesday.

France's chances of claiming the title diminished last week when world No. 2 two Simon Delestre had to withdraw from the team after an injury to his horse, Hermes Ryan, in the stables at the Deodoro competition venue.

The team suffered a further blow when Penelope Leprevost fell in Sunday's first qualifier and was out of individual competition.

"We had really bad luck at the beginning of the week, but I think maybe it helped us to fight more and more," Kevin Staut said. "Last...

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