FEI Gandini World Riders Rankings 

5 Feb 2004

Fuchs Number one for the last month? 

Markus Fuchs (SUI) is still the World Number One. But for how long? Further to his injury last December during CSI-W Geneva, Fuchs has not competed for two months now and his lead is getting shattered. He only leads by 298 points over his runner-up - and previous World No 1 - Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and will drop another 310 points at the end of February.

The fight for the No 1 position will be fierce between Ludger Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning (GER), who are only separated by nothing more than 8 points. Winner of the Grand Prix and of the Swiss Masters in Zurich, Beerbaum is the favourite, but the recent results of Ehning, who won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Zurich and scored no less than 175 points in Switzerland, put him in a very good position to grab the No 1 spot.

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), who scored 120 points in Zurich where he finished second in the Grand Prix just behind Beerbaum, is going up two places up to the 5th place.

The present leader of the standings of the FEI World Cup Western European League, Jos Lansink (BEL) only scored 5 points in Amsterdam and goes down from 6th to 8th place of the FEI Gandini Rankings. His runner-up in the World Cup, Meredith Michael-Beerbaum who won the World Cup of Amsterdam last week-end with Shutterfly jumps up from 56th to 39th position. A broken collarbone two years ago and a broken leg last year has severely hampered her competitive career but her third-placing in Leipzig World Cup in January and her victory in Amsterdam have put her right back on track and she now intends to compete in just one more World Cup event, in Bordeaux next Saturday, before resting Shutterfly in advance of the Final in Milan in April. "I am also shorted-listed for the Olympics and I hope I can put the bad luck of the last few years behind me now" she said in Amsterdam.

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