Tokyo Olympics Equestrian: Sweden takes team show jumping gold in thrilling jump-off

Sweden beat the U.S. team in a thrilling jump-off to end their gold draught that had lasted since 1924.

Gold medalists Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Peder Fredricson and Henrik von Eckermann of Team Sweden celebrate their win in the Jumping Team Final Tokyo Olympics.   -  Getty Images

Sweden's Peder Fredricson, Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Henrik von Eckermann won team show jumping Olympic gold after a thrilling jump-off on Saturday which left the U.S. team, including singer Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica, with silver.

Springsteen, alongside 2008 team gold medallists Laura Kraut and McLain Ward, jumped a clear round in the fight for the top spot as did every rider in the jump-off. Sweden won the title on time to ending their gold draught that has lasted since 1924.

Belgium's Pieter Devos, Jerome Guery and Gregory Wathelet take home the bronze medal.

Sweden, who powered through the qualifier as the only team with no penalties, saw Baryard-Johnsson knock down a fence in the final but that made barely a dent in the team's stellar performance overall.

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Team Sweden in the stands were already celebrating an all but certain gold when twice individual silver medallist Fredricson's horse caught the last pole with its hooves and felled it.

However, the fears of losing the gold medal lasted only a few seconds as France, who could have taken the title, saw the horse of their last rider, Penelope Leprevost, refuse to jump a barrier, resulting in the combination's elimination.

Two of the top medal contenders also did not finish the final.

After two disappointing rounds, Britain withdrew their third rider Ben Maher, who won individual gold on Tuesday, to preserve his horse Explosion for competitions after the Olympics.

Germany's team did not finish either after world number one Martin Deusser's horse shied at a barrier and he withdrew from the competition.

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