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Individual, Open

Date25 October 1968 — 14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationCampo Marte, Bosque de Chapultepec, Ciudad de México
Participants26 from 9 countries
FormatTwo rounds, total score to determine placement.

As in 1964 there was a preliminary round with riders advancing to a final round, although seven riders advanced in 1968 as opposed to six in 1964. The final score of the top seven consisted of their total score in both rounds. The program consisted of 33 movements. West German Josef Neckermann had a seemingly insurmountable lead after the preliminary round, 40 points ahead of Soviet Ivan Kizimov, but when Neckermann opened the final round, there was some noise in the audience and his mount, Mariano, became nervous and rode poorly. They would place last in the final and drop back to second, with Kizimov having by far the best final round to win the gold medal. Neckermann’s teammate Reiner Klimke won the bronze medal. Klimke would repeat as bronze medalist in 1976 and win gold in this event in 1984. In his Olympic dressage career from 1960-88, he won eight medals, with six golds, five in the team event. Neckermann competed at the Olympics from 1960-72, winning six medals, two of each color. He is considered to have been one of the wealthiest private citizen Olympians ever.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Ivan KizimovURSIkhor1,572Gold
2Josef NeckermannFRGMariano1,546Silver
3Reiner KlimkeFRGDux1,537Bronze
4Ivan KalitaURSAbsent1,519
5Horst KöhlerGDRNeuschnee1,475
6Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel1,471
7Gustav FischerSUIWald1,465
8Liselott LinsenhoffFRGPiaff855
9Henri ChammartinSUIWolfdietrich845
10Marianne GossweilerSUIStephan836
11Domini LawrenceGBRKarat/San Fernando793
12Gerhard BrockmüllerGDRTristan789
13Lorna JohnstoneGBREl Guapo777
14Johanna HallGBRConversano Caprice762
15Inez Fischer-CredoCANMarius732
=16Guillermo SquellaCHIColchaguino693
=16Wolfgang MüllerGDRMarios693
18Federico SerranoMEXMarko689
19Christilot HansonCANBonheur677
20Antonio PiraínoCHICiclón672
21Kyra DowntonUSAKadett657
22Patricio EscuderoCHIPrete650
23Edith MasterUSAHelios646
24Donnan PlumbUSAAttache616
25Zoltan SztehloCANVirtuose603
26Julio HerreraMEXOtard537

Qualifying Round (25 October 1968)

Qualifying round scores from team event. Top seven advance to final round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Josef NeckermannFRGMariano948Q
2Ivan KizimovURSIkhor908Q
3Reiner KlimkeFRGDux896Q
4Ivan KalitaURSAbsent879Q
5Horst KöhlerGDRNeuschnee875Q
6Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel870Q
7Gustav FischerSUIWald866Q
8Liselott LinsenhoffFRGPiaff855
9Henri ChammartinSUIWolfdietrich845
10Marianne GossweilerSUIStephan836
11Domini LawrenceGBRKarat/San Fernando793
12Gerhard BrockmüllerGDRTristan789
13Lorna JohnstoneGBREl Guapo777
14Johanna HallGBRConversano Caprice762
15Inez Fischer-CredoCANMarius732
=16Guillermo SquellaCHIColchaguino693
=16Wolfgang MüllerGDRMarios693
18Federico SerranoMEXMarko689
19Christilot HansonCANBonheur677
20Antonio PiraínoCHICiclón672
21Kyra DowntonUSAKadett657
22Patricio EscuderoCHIPrete650
23Edith MasterUSAHelios646
24Donnan PlumbUSAAttache616
25Zoltan SztehloCANVirtuose603
26Julio HerreraMEXOtard537

Final Round (25 October 1968)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Ivan KizimovURSIkhor664
2Reiner KlimkeFRGDux641
3Ivan KalitaURSAbsent640
4Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel601
5Horst KöhlerGDRNeuschnee600
6Gustav FischerSUIWald599
7Josef NeckermannFRGMariano598