Edwina Tops- Alexander is off to her fourth Olympic games. Photo: Edwina Tops-Alexander (website)

The AOC has confirmed that Edwina Tops-Alexander and Katie Laurie will compete in the Individual jumping competition.

The Australian Olympic Committee announced on Friday that Equestrians Edwina Tops-Alexander and Katie Laurie will compete in the individual jumping competition at Tokyo 2020. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

The announcement follows the deselection of Jamie Kermond on Tuesday, as a result, Australia will not compete in the Equestrian Team Jumping event.

Chef de Mission, Ian Chesterman, has welcomed the decision to allow Tops-Alexander and Laurie to participate in the Games following the deselection of teammate Jamie Kermond on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled with the outcome for our remaining two Jumping athletes, who have been anxiously awaiting confirmation regarding their participation at the Games,” Chesterman said.

“Edwina and Katie have both worked extremely hard to earn their place on the Australian team and we are delighted they will get the opportunity to realise their Olympic aspirations in arena at Tokyo.” 

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The Tokyo games will mark Tops-Alexander fourth Olympic appearance at the Olympics, the 47-year-old was happy with the announcement, despite no longer competing in the team event.

“I’m very happy about the outcome for myself and Katie Laurie to be able [to] compete as individuals in Tokyo. I’m proud and I look forward to representing Australia. I will absolutely give it my utmost best,” Tops-Alexander said.

Laurie will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo games and expressed her excitement at the opportunity to now compete as an individual.

“Words cannot describe the feeling of hearing that Edwina and I could both go as individuals. It’s been a rollercoaster but we are ready and so excited to get to Tokyo,” Laurie said.

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