Sports Reporter

KOLKATA: Valentina Dubolazova, the lone entrant from Kyrgyzstan, stole the show in the individual round of the CSI (Young riders) show jumping with a flawless performance to win the gold at the Tollygunge Club course on Saturday.

With the participants having to ride borrowed horses, Dubolazova rode a bay mare, Top Shot, from RVC, Meerut.

The 19-year-old Kyrgyz lass, who had previously won a PSI challenge in her country's capital Bishkek performed successive clear rounds - in round A & B.

She also set the best timing completing her jumps over a total of 22 fences, including four double combinations.

The two rounds gave separate set of hurdles and course lengths that tested the skill and dexterity of both the rider and the horse.

Dubolazova's effort was matched by Korean Do Yoon Kim on Victor and tied with the former on zero penalties after two rounds. The judges decided to have a jump-off to decide the winner. Dubolazova repeated her performance of the first two rounds recording her third successive clear round putting the Korean under pressure.

Kim incurred eight penalties and had to be content with the silver.

There was a tie for the third and fourth places as Anant Agnihotri of India and Hannah Beresford of the U.S. incurred four penalties each after two rounds. As stipulated by the rules ordained by the world body of equestrian - FEI - the timings of the first round were taken into account to decide the third place. Beresford, with a timing of 75.13 seconds, pipped Agnihotri, who had 79.95 seconds.

The results: 1. Valentina Dubolazova (Kyrg) on Top Shot - 0 penalties (jump-off - 0 penalties); 2. Do Yoon Kim (Korea) on Victor - 0 penalties (jump-off - 8); 3. Hannah Beresford (U.S.) on Gaalib - 4 penalties, time: 75.13 secs; 4. Anant Agnihotri (India) on Guddu - 4 penalties, time: 79.95s.

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