WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – February 2020

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MARTIN FUCHS

After a string of great performances in 2019, Swiss Olympian Martin Fuchs, 27, began 2020 by moving to the top of the Longines rankings for the first time in his career. Fuchs’ first major victory was team gold at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and he went on to make his senior Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio with his gray gelding Clooney 51. Fuchs has achieved podium finishes at the last three major championships, including individual silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon and helping the Swiss team to fourth, earning a team quota place at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. Fuchs finished as runner-up at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg last April and was crowned European Champion together with Clooney 51 at the Longines FEI Jumping European Championships in Rotterdam in August.

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