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Martin Fuchs Takes Back Top Spot on the Longines Rankings
Thursday, June 9, 2022
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Two and a half years after reaching the top of the Longines Rankings for the first time in his career, Martin Fuchs (SUI) is once again number one, replacing five time Olympian Peder Fredricson (SWE) who has held the spot since October 2021.
The 29-year-old Swiss, who has consistently achieved top results over the past months, has topped the elite list with a total of 3156 points.
Photo: Swiss Olympian Martin Fuchs takes Longines Rankings number one slot. (FEI/Richard Juilliart)
“To be number one is very special and a big success for me, because it reflects the performance of a whole year and not just one tournament,” Fuchs said. “It’s a fantastic feeling and a great satisfaction for the whole team around me.”
In April, the Swiss athlete added the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ title that he won in Leipzig (GER) to the individual European gold medal he bagged at the Longines FEI Jumping European Championship in Rotterdam (NED) 2019. Furthermore, his performance at the leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in St. Gallen on 6 June led the Swiss Team to victory on home soil for the first time since 1996.
Peder Fredricson (SWE), is now in third place with 2950 points while fellow countryman Henrik von Eckerman is second on 2964 points. Ben Maher (GBR) and Conor Swail (IRL) close the Top 5 of the Longines Rankings with 2733 and 2686 points.
The new Longines Rankings reflect some other strong points-earning performances, with The Netherlands’ Harry Smolders moving up to sixth place on 2483 points ahead of Marlon Mondolo Zanotelli (BRA) and Kent Farrington (USA), who are seventh and eighth with 2458 and 2444 points. Daniel Deusser (GER) and Kevin Staut (FRA) make up the Top 10 with 2427 and 2393 points.
The last time Martin Fuchs was at the top of the Longines Rankings was back in January 2020. Since then, Fuchs has shown a remarkable ability to compete at the highest level, which has allowed him to maintain a position among the Top 4 of the FEI Longines Jumping Ranking since.
“I am very proud to have been able to mingle at the top of the sport for so long. Of course, this also has to do with the great environment I can count on,” Fuchs added.
“Good sponsors and horses, my family, my team, grooms and my girlfriend make it possible for me to fully concentrate on the sport and deliver the best performances under the best conditions.”
Martin Fuchs is the youngest member of an equestrian family that includes his father Thomas, who represented Switzerland in Jumping at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, while his mother Renata competed in elite equestrian events and was Swiss champion in 1990.
The full Longines Rankings list is published here