American Kim Severson rode into medal contention, and the U.S. team moved within reach of silver in the three-day equestrian event in Markopoulo.
Severson was third with 36.2 penalty points after a lightning fast cross-country round. The rider from Keene, Va., on Winsome Adante, added no jumping or time penalty points to her dressage score and moved up from fourth.
"I had more horse all the way round the course than I'm used to," said Severson. "He went right out of the start box. He was stronger than I've ever had him before. I got lucky a few times because he wasn't backing off the jumps."
France leads the team standings with 113.4 penalty points, followed by Germany (119.6), Britain (125.6) and the U.S. team (135.4). The event ends today with the show jumping competition.
The five U.S. riders had the best overall results in the cross-country phase, including no penalty points at the jumps, but their disappointing scores from the first dressage phase probably will keep them from gold.
Nicolas Touzaint of France is the individual leader on Galan de Sauvagere, adding no time or jumping penalties to his dressage score of 29.4. Bettina Hoy of Germany had 3.6 time penalties and is second on Ringwood Cockatoo with 35.6.
American Darren Chiacchia (Windfall 2) is 12th. John Williams of Middleburg is 19th.