Germany’s Jannis Drewell secured a second straight victory in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup Vaulting series after producing a superb display in Mechelen, Belgium.
The world number one was looking to replicate his win in Salzburg earlier this month and began with an excellent performance in the opening round of the competition.
On his horse Lago Maggiore, Drewell emerged as the clear winner by securing a score of 8.411 from the judges, having received impressive athlete and artistic marks.
His lead over his fellow German Thomas Brusewitz and France’s Clement Taillez could have been greater but a lower score of 6.175 for the horse’s performance prevented the overall score from being higher heading into the second round.
The European champion ensured he would end the day top of the podium after scoring 8.413 with the second performance to end the competition on an average of 8.412.
Brusewitz was able to claim silver despite finishing some way behind the winner on 8.174, while France’s Vincent Haennel overtook his compatriot Taillez to complete the podium on 8.012.
In the women’s individual event Switzerland’s Simone Jäiser was able to earn her second win of the season, having previously triumphed at the opening event in Madrid.
Jäiser claimed victory at the fourth round of the World Cup by receiving a total of 8.771 for her two performances, with France’s Anne-Sophie Musset and Germany’s Kristina Boe earning the minor medals with scores of 8.318 and 7.961 respectively.
"It is unusual to have the two rounds on one day in a World Cup, but in Switzerland we often have the same so we are used to it,” Jäiser reflected afterwards.
“The time was long enough between the two rounds so that it was okay for the horses.
“It was a great atmosphere here, and I was very happy with my performance.”
The German pairing of Torben Jacobs and Pia Engelberty emerged as the clear winners of the three-team Pas-de-Deux event having secured a total score of 8.659.
Switzerland’s Alexandra Lowy and Ursina Dubs were able to finish on 6.909 to finish ahead of their team-mates Zoe Maruccio and Syra Schmid, who only managed 6.086.