Fouaad Mirza ended India's drought in equestrian at the Olympics by topping his group in the individual event category of the qualifiers for South East Asia and Oceanic, winning a quota for Tokyo 2020.
The 27-year-old scored 64 points from six qualifying events, 34 of which came on his first horse Fernhill Facetime, and other 30 on his second horse Touchingwood.
The Bengaluru native had to compete in four-star-level Olympic qualifier tournaments and finish among the top 25 percent of the participants to score points. What makes Mirza's feat even more remarkable is the fact that the rider managed to secure the berth with his second and third-choice horses, after his primary horse, Seigneur Medicott, was sidelined through injury.
While he has secured a place at the Tokyo Olympics, Mirza will have to wait for official confirmation from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), which is scheduled to be announced on February 20, 2020.