The tension rose with every jump but Australia has delivered in the clutch to win a silver medal in the team eventing competition at the Tokyo Olympics.
The trio of Shane Rose, Andrew Hoy and Kevin McNab were superb in a tense jumping round to hold off a fast-finishing France, while Great Britain claimed gold on Monday night.
With the team results determined, the three Australians returned for a second jumping round to determine the individual rankings.
Rose had one rail down in the final round to climb to 10th in the standings, while McNab fell to 14th.
Hoy, however, was the country's leading hope in the individual classification and he delivered a perfect round.
An error from Britain's Oliver Townend saw the eight-time Olympian climb from fourth to third and secure a bronze medal.
With two medals on Monday night, Hoy now has six in his career, including three gold.
The team silver came after a nail-biting final round, the minor medals going down to the wire.
Great Britain held a commanding lead ahead of the jumping, with solid performances from each rider securing team gold on Monday night.
For Australia, France and New Zealand there was much more on the line, the three nations battling it out for silver and bronze.
The pressure was on Hoy to deliver in the final round and while it was stressful for his teammates, the 62-year-old said he was calm and focused on the task at hand.
"It's worse for these guys watching, because while I'm out there I just have to do a job," Hoy told Channel 7.
"These boys watching, that's where it's really difficult because they can't do anything to help me.
"I've been so relaxed during this whole time. All the pressure's taken away, I just had to focus on what I had to do.
"My heart-rate wasn't high, I just knew what I had to do. I don't know, it might be my age, but I seem to be staying calmer and calmer."
McNab was superb in landing a penalty-free round, maintaining second place for his team.
The first French and New Zealand riders were also clear, while the Kiwis edged ever closer with a second clean round.
France's Karim Florent Laghouag knocked a jump, before Rose also had one rail down in his ride.
That put the pressure on the three final riders, with New Zealand's Tim Price the first to step up.
Price faltered, seeing his team fall to fifth on the standings.
France's Christopher Six made no mistake, leaving Hoy to nail a clear round to secure the silver.
That he did, climbing into fourth in the individual standings in the process.
Rose had hoped to give his teammate more of a lead, but he was thrilled Hoy finished the job for their country.
"It's so nerve-racking," Rose said.
"I was hoping to give Andrew a buffer and he had nothing.
"The French guy jumped well and put pressure on him, but the true champion he is.
'It's only three years to a ninth Olympics, hopefully he can stick around."
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