It was a gold medal before gold bands for Ben Maher, who is set to get married soon, outrunning the field on the phenomenal Explosion W.
The top 30 tackled Santiago Valera’s large and demanding course with Deslauriers picking up 13 penalties during his trip.
There was nail-biting tension, close calls and more than a few surprises as the jumpers took centre stage in Baji Koen.
Deslauriers and the Holsteiner mare sailed around Santiago Valera's colourful Olympic course clear in the 5th-best time of the day.
Germany’s Krajewski enters the equestrian history books as the very first female athlete to take the Individual Olympic Eventing title.
A final score of 50.80 put Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges just outside of the top 25 cut-off for advancing to the Individual Final.
Germans launch an unsuccessful protest regarding Michael Jung's 11-point frangible penalty as the team drops from second to sixth.
Robin Godel's horse Jet Set was pulled up on course, suffering an irreparable ligament injury in the lower right leg.
The good round over Derek di Grazia's Sea Forest track moves the pair from 42nd to 26th overall heading into the show jumping phase.
Just two of the 75 horses presented were sent to the holding box to be reinspected tomorrow - Cannavaro 9 (ARG) and Caesar (CHN).