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Usman gets another MER; two steps away from retaining Olympics seat

By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier equestrian Usman Khan on Sunday overcame another hurdle and took a giant step towards retaining his Olympics seat when he finished fourth to achieve Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) in the Australia National Eventing Championship.
“We got the qualifying result MER just now at Australia National Eventing Championship,” Usman told this correspondent.
He is now just two steps short of retaining his Olympics berth which he had achieved in 2019 to become the first equestrian of the nation in the entire history to make it to the world’s most prestigious extravaganza.
However Usman’s horse Azad Kashmir, through which he had qualified, died last year.
Melbourne-based Usman will now feature in the qualifying events in Robertson and Sydney in Ramadan and these events will decide his Olympic fate.
In December last year in Robertson and last month in Sydney he had cleared the first two hurdles by claiming MER qualification in eventing.

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