GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) _ Hugo Simon of Austria won the Volvo World Cup show jumping final for a record third time Sunday, riding E.T. FRH to victory for the second consecutive year.

Simon, who had a faultless ride, became the third rider in the 19-year history of the World Cup to successfully defend a championship. The others were 1997 runner-up John Whitaker of Britain, who won in 1990 and 1991, and Ian Miller of Canada, who took the event in 1988 and 1989.

Simon, 54, also won the event in 1979, the first year of the competition.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Anne Kursinski of Flemington, N.J., was the top American finisher, placing fifth on Eros, her mount in the 1996 Olympics.

Other U.S. finishers included Margie Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, Fla., who was 13th on Hidden Creek's Laurel; Susie Hutchison of Sunland, Calif., who tied for 15th on America I, and Debbie Dolan-Sweeney of Oyster Bay, N.Y., 17th on Itziweeni.

Also turning in perfect rides Sunday before a sellout crowd of more than 11,000 were Franke Sloothaak of Germany aboard Joly and Whitaker on Welham.