Rio Olympics 2016: NZ equestrian chances take a hit

Mark Todd in action during Day One of the Rio Olympics 2016. Photo / AP
Mark Todd in action during Day One of the Rio Olympics 2016. Photo / AP

New Zealand's chances of an eventing medal at the Rio Olympics have taken a hit after the team slipped to a share of sixth after the second day of dressage.

After the first of the three phases in the event the Kiwis have 137.50 penalty points after Clarke Johnstone and Jonelle Price completed their tests.

Johnstone's score of 46.5 was added to that of teammates Sir Mark Todd and Tim Price. Jonelle Price's 49.50 effort was discarded.

They sit 11.10 points adrift of third placed Australia.

They sat in fifth after day one.

Germany lead on 122 points with France just 0.20 points behind in second.

Double Olympic champion Todd is the best placed individual in 17th, ahead of Johnstone (23rd), Tim Price (29th=) and his wife Jonelle is 43rd. There is expected to be little change among the leading nations in Monday's cross-country test.

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