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Christian Ahlmann keeps world’s top jumping spot

Christian Ahlmann on Codex One at the Gucci Paris Masters 2012.

Christian Ahlmann on Codex One at the Gucci Paris Masters 2012. © Scoopdyga

Germany’s Christian Ahlmann (GER) has held onto his lead in the FEI World Rider Rankings for Jumping.

A change in sponsorships means the rankings are now known as the Longines Rankings.

The 38-year-old jumped into the top spot in December 2012, and a run of successes in January has kept him out in front on 2585 points, with a healthy 195-point lead over second-placed Steve Guerdat (SUI) who has 2390 points. Nick Skelton (GBR) remains in third with 2333 points.

Ahlmann took up riding at the age of 11 and made his big break onto the international stage in 2003 when he claimed individual and team gold at the European Championships in Donaueschingen in Germany.

He was a member of the German bronze medal team at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and also helped secure team bronze at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen (GER) in 2006.

Edwina Alexander-Tops (AUS) is still the top-ranked female and has jumped two spots to fourth with 2298 points, while the Swiss have a second rider in the top 10, with Pius Schwizer moving up from seventh to fifth on 2,268 points.

Along with Ahlmann, a second German rider is also in the top 10 of the Rankings, although sixth-placed Marcus Ehning has dropped two places.

 

Longines Rankings Top 10: 
1 Christian Ahlmann (GER) 2,585
2 Steve Guerdat (SUI) 2,390
3 Nick Skelton (GBR) 2,333
4 Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) 2,298
5 Pius Schwizer (SUI) 2,268
6 Marcus Ehning (GER) 2,250
7 Kevin Staut (FRA) 2,245
8 Gerco Schröder (NED) 2,195
9 Marc Houtzager (NED) 2,100
10 Penelope Leprevost (FRA) 2,093

 

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