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Shruti Vora creates history by becoming first Indian to win a 3-star Equestrian Grand Prix Event

Shruti Vora won the three-star Grand Prix event with a score of 67.761 points to earn her first Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) point for this year’s Paris Olympics 2024.

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Shruti Vora creates history by becoming first Indian to win a 3-star Equestrian Grand Prix Event

Shruti Vora first Indian to win 3 star GP in dressage, closes in on Paris dream. Image- Sportstar - The Hindu

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India's Shruti Vora has registered her name in the pages of history by winning the three-star Grand Prix event at the FEI Dressage World Cup held in Lipica, Slovenia. She has become the first Indian horse rider to achieve this feat.

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To be sure, Shruti Vora is the first to finish first at a Grand Prix-3, or CDI-3, in any equestrian event. She won ahead of Moldova's Tatiana Antonenco and Austria's Juliane Jerich. 

Shruti scored 67.761 points

Shruti Vora won the three-star Grand Prix event with a score of 67.761 points to earn her first Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) point for this year’s Paris Olympics 2024. Where Tatiana achieved a score of 66.522. Juliane achieved a score of 66.087 in the event. Shruti, who hails from Kolkata, has represented India at the Dressage World Championships (2022) and Asian Games (2010, 2014).

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So far, her compatriot Anush Agarwalla has been in line for a maiden Olympic berth in dressage. As per the qualification criterion, a rider-horse combination must have a minimum of two MERs to make it to the Games.

Agarwalla, who won a team gold in dressage as well as an individual bronze in the discipline at the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games, has three MERs to his name, but all his scores came last year. The 25-year-old from Kolkata scored 67.804% in October before logging 67.152% and 68.261% in December.

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In dressage, star ratings are awarded on the basis of the difficulty and stature of the events. A five-star rated Grand Prix is considered the toughest in the sport. A rider-horse combination must secure 67% to get an MER, as per International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) rules.