David’s Diary from Tokyo – 07/08/21

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Fence Fault Analysis Team Jumping Qualifier Tokyo 2020

Thirty-eight out of 57 riders in the Team Jumping Qualifier had fence penalties.  We can see from the figure below that the main problem fences were 9, 13A and 10.  But that there were faults at all fences except fence 1.  I had predicted fence 12 would likely see high faults due to the silvered poles as this was a fence that caused problems in the Individual Jumping Competition a few days ago, but I was wrong.

Fences 9 and 10 were both Liverpools with silvery-blue poles and no clear ground line other than the edge of the water.  Fence 13A had asymmetric white and red poles with a red thin plank which may have merged into the background.

Once again, a very imaginative and testing course. Very interested to see what will be facing the riders this evening!

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Dr David Marlin is a physiologist and biochemist who has worked in academia, research and professional sport. He has worked in the equestrian and veterinary world and in human sport, healthcare, medicine and exercise science. In 1989 David obtained his PhD from the UK’s leading sports university, Loughborough University following a four-year study on the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training, undertaken at the renowned Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. You can read David's full biography in the Our Website section.