GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Canadian teenager Mario Deslauriers Monday won the 1984 Equestrian World Cup finals.
Deslauriers, riding German gelding Aramis, had to make a clear second round after a fault in the first ride.
Starting last, knowing one mistake would cost him the victory, the 19-year-old controlled his nerves and skillfully passed all obstacles.
'I was tremendously nervous, but I managed to concentrate on the fences and solved problems as they came up,' he said.
Brazilian Nelson Pessoa on Moet et Shandon Larramy shared second place with American Norman Dello Joio on stallion I Love You. Both scored five penalty points, one more than Deslauriers.
'I count my second place as one of my greatest victories,' said Pessoa, among the world's top riders for 25 years.
The leader after the first day, American Leslie Burr, hit only one fence in Monday's first round, considered the most difficult ever in a World Cup final. But he came wrong to a combination in the second round, hit both obstacles and fell back to 10th place.