Sports Desk- Norway’s 60-year Show Jumper Geir Gulliksen won the gold medal in the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) World Cup for the first time. In the World Cup held in Sweden, Gulliksen finished first in the show-jumping event with a great performance. Gulliksen has been show-jumping for over 40 years. But Gold won for the first time.
Geir Gulliksen defeated players half his age. When Gulliksen was about to take the medal, his horse dropped him. 23-year-old Swiss Bryan Balsiger of Switzerland finished second.
Gulliksen won the title at the Gothenburg show, thus claiming a spot at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April later this year. “This is definitely the highlight of my career,” he said after getting the fastest clear round in the jump-off on his horse VDL Groep Quatro as quoted by news agency Reuters. “As I got older I thought it would never happen.”
Spingruiter Geir Gulliksen wint de wereldbeker in Göteborg maar tijdens de huldiging gaat het mis. Gelukkig loopt het goed af en staat de Noor op als een ware kampioen 👏🏼✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/aEZxDvRAOv— NOS Sport (@NOSsport) February 23, 2020
Minutes later, Gulliksen jumped to his feet. “I’m not scared of injury,” he said of the risks involved in equestrian sport. “The day I feel frightened, I will stop straight away.”
Later on, he lightened the mood by taking the mike and letting the crowd know that he was fine. He joked, ” I (have) fall(en) many times, but this was close. I saw the wall coming, so I thought I better drop down you know, but I have a big arse, so…”.