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Première médaille française aux Jeux équestres mondiaux

vendredi 29 août 2014 à 9:58 France Bleu Normandie (Calvados - Orne) et France Bleu Cotentin

La France a remporté la médaille d'argent par équipe dans l'épreuve d'endurance des Jeux équestres mondiaux ce jeudi. Le fils de l'émir de Dubaï décroche l'or en individuel.

L'épreuve d'endurance des Jeux équestres mondiaux dans la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel.
L'épreuve d'endurance des Jeux équestres mondiaux dans la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. © EPA/IAN LANGSDON/MaxPPP

La France a remporté une première médaille aux Jeux équestres mondiaux en décrochant la 2e place de l'épreuve d'endurance ce jeudi à Sartilly dans la Manche. Une épreuve difficile sur des terrains accidentés dans un décor de rêve sur fond de baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. Voilà pourquoi cette médaille est une formidable réussite pour l'équipe emmenée par Jean-Philippe Frances.

L'homme est fier de la performance des Français : "On a su gérer ce parcours qui était très difficile en respectant bien les chevaux et on a fait la course en évitant tous les pièges tout au long du parcours, c'est ce qui nous a sauvés. " Les Espagnols ont décroché l'or et le bronze revient à l'équipe de Suisse.

Jean-Philippe Frances, équipe de France d'endurance

Le fils de l'émir de Dubaï sacré en individuel

Sur le podium individuel, l’épreuve d’endurance sacre le fils de l’émir de Dubaï, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoun (victorieux devant la Néerlandaise Marijke Visser et le Qatari Al Sulaiten).

La course a été marquée par la chute d’une cavalière du Costa Rica dans la matinée. Son cheval est mort en percutant un arbre sur le bord de la piste. La cavalière a été hospitalisée à Avranches.

Cette épreuve méconnue du grand public et pourtant spectaculaire a attiré des milliers de spectateurs tout au long du parcours.

Un public très nombreux pour l'épreuve d'endurance des Jeux équestres mondiaux : reportage de Benoît Martin.

 

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