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A superbly-judged round against the clock secured victory in the fifth leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series today for Carsten-Otto Nagel. Riding the lovely grey mare Corradina, the 48 year old rider from Hamburg set the pace in this afternoon's 13-horse jump-off and none of the rest could match his speed despite their very best efforts. The biggest threat came from defending Rolex FEI World Cup™ champion, fellow-German Marcus Ehning who had to settle for runner-up spot with Noltes Kuchengirl while Ireland's Billy Twomey finished third with Tinka's Serenade.
This latest result brings Germany's impressive early-season tally to four wins from the opening five qualifying legs of the Western European League series which will conclude with the world final on their home turf in Leipzig next April. And Nagel has now moved into sixth place on the leaderboard which continues to be headed by World No. 1 Kevin Staut from France and which includes three Germans amongst the top six to date.
Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2010/2011 Western European League - Standings After Round 5 at Stuttgart (GER):
1. Kevin Staut FRA - 43
2. Christian Ahlmann GER - 40
3. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum GER - 37
4. Rodrigo Pessoa BRA - 36
5. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE - 34
6. Carsten-Otto Nagel GER - 33
7. Harrie Smolders NED - 32
8. Gerco Schroder NED - 28
9. Robert Whitaker GBR - 28
10. Billy Twomey IRL - 27
10. Leon Thijssen NED - 27
12. Ludger Beerbaum GER - 26
13. Philipp Weishaupt GER - 24
14. Malin Baryard-Johnsson SWE - 23
15. Lars Nieberg GER - 22
16. Jeroen Dubbeldam NED - 20
17. Marcus Ehning GER - 20
18. Nina Braaten NOR - 20
19. Julien Epaillard FRA - 18
20. Sergio Alvarez Moya ESP - 18