Belgium win 2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final and claim Paris 2024 spot

Belgium win 2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final and claim Paris 2024 spot

The Belgium equestrian team of Koen Vereecke, Gregory Wathelet, Gilles Thomas and Jerome Guery won the iconic Nations Cup trophy ahead of France in second, and secured Olympic qualification ahead of Switzerland in the Barcelona-hosted event on Sunday (2 October).

The Tokyo 2020 team jumping bronze medallist needed to perform a clear round to match his compatriots to not only win the iconic Nations Cup trophy but also beat Switzerland to the one qualifying spot on offer for Paris 2024.

Asked how he felt after the round, Guery said, "I feel very good as there's no pressure now I'm finished".

France finished second after matching the four penalties of Switzerland but completing the course in a quicker time of 241.32 seconds to third-placed Switzerland 244.00s.

Defending champions, the Netherlands were unable to replicate their feat from 2021, finishing in fourth with Great Britain and Spain finishing just three hundredths apart – on 16 penalty points each – in fifth and sixth, respectively. Germany were seventh with Ireland, eighth.

Those who did not qualify from Thursday's final, competed in the Challenge Cup on Saturday night with Mexico taking the win over Brazil, Canada, Norway, Argentina and Sweden.

The United States will have to wait until next year's Pan American Games to try again to secure qualification after surprisingly not making the final this time around or qualifying via the World Championship.

The Swiss will be devastated to have missed out on qualification again after an eighth-place finish at the worlds meant they did not qualify at the first opportunity.