Rio 2016: Eric Lamaze wins equestrian bronze for show jumping event

Canada's Eric Lamaze riding Fine Lady 5 takes part in the jumping competition at the Olympic Equestrian Centre during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Canada’s Eric Lamaze has won bronze in the equestrian show jumping event in Rio.

Lamaze, from Schomberg, Ont., competed in a jump-off for the medal, after six competitors completed the final without making a single fault. He was riding Fine Lady 5.

In the jump-off, Lamaze got a jump penalty of 4, putting him into third place.

Nick Skelton of Great Britain won gold and Sweden’s Peder Fredricson won silver.

“I think we all tried our hardest to do the best we could. We really appreciate what our horses do for us. This little mare (Fine Lady 5) has jumped her heart out all week long. “And there are only three of us here at the moment but, in my opinion, everybody in that jump-off today deserves a medal.” Lamaze said after the event.

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Lamaze is a longtime veteran of the Canadian equestrian team. At 48 years old, he is competing in his fourth Olympics. He already has a gold and silver Olympic medal, both from Beijing. The Rio bronze rounds out his collection.

“People quickly forget if you win the Grand Prix. But people do not forget your Olympic medals,” Lamaze said.

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