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DONATA RIMSAITE AND ALEKSANDER LESUN BECAME WORLD CHAMPIONS
Team Russia got the gold medals in the last day of 2016 UIPM Senior World Championships. Donata Rimsaite and Aleksander Lesun became winners in team-relay mix.
Team Russia had 3 silver medals before the mixed relay. Russians also had only second places at the previous Championships. Our athletes had become the second during last 6 years. There is no first place yet. This is the perfect motive to break the silver series. Moreover, the team leaders Donata Rimsaite and Aleksander Lesun participated in Event.
Aleksander and Donata are no the strongest in swimming. That is why they could not afford losing the points to their main competitors in the swimming pool. Lesun and Rimsaite did it. They got 11th place in relay 2x100 meters in 2.01,60 with 336 points. Irish Sive Brassil and Eanna Bailey became winners in Event.
Team Latvia won the fencing with big advantage. Pavel Svecovs and Elena Rublevska got 36 victories with 265 points. Lesun and Rimsaite became the second in Event as in overall ranking.
Only three teams showed a max result in the riding competition. They are teams Russia, Belarus and Argentina. Latvian Elena Rublevska and Pavels Svecovs got 31 penalty points, losing to Russians a place in the head of pentathlon peloton. In combined Russia started the first. Teams Latvia (11 seconds behind), China (12 seconds), Italy (27 seconds) and Kazakhstan (38 seconds) started after respectively.
Russian leadership was under a doubt only at the first shooting, when Chinese athlete Xionan Zhang shortened the time difference to 7 seconds. But Donata widened the gap, and Chinese couldn’t overtake her. Alexander Lesun made the gap even bigger, finishing as a four-time World Champion with a flag in his hands.
World Championships will be closed by mixed relay
The Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Moscow will be finished on Sunday with mixed relay. 23 mixed teams (men + women) will start in this discipline.
Mixed relay is the youngest event of the World Championships. For the first time medalists in the mixed were determined in 2010. Nevertheless, nowadays there are discussions on introduction of mixed relay into to the program of the Olympic Games of 2020 in Tokyo (Japan). A main advantage of mixed relay is absence of necessity in increasing number of Olympic Games participants. Teams can be formed from the athletes who compete in individual events.
23 teams will compete for the medals in Moscow. Some teams were formed by young athletes; however there are teams where the leaders teamed up. Among the last will be teams Russia (Aleksander Lesun, Donata Rimsaite), Lithuania (Justinas Kinderis, Laura Asadauskaite), China (Jiahao Han, Xiaonan Zhang), Czech Republic (Ondrej Polivka, Barbora Kodedova), Latvia (Pavels Svecovs, Elena Rublevska), Belarus (Ilya Palazkov, Anastasiya Prokopenko) and South Korea (Jin Woo Lee, Sunwoo Kim). These teams will be the front-runners for the medals of the tournament.
World champions in the mixed relay 2010 – 2015
VALENTIN BELAUD AND TEAM EGYPT ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS
French pentathlete Valentin Belaud became the World Champion in the individual event at the competitions in Olympiyskiy Sport Complex in Moscow. The second was Russian Aleksander Lesun, the third – Jinhva Jung from South Korea. Team Egypt became the winner in the team event, team Russia got the silver medals and team France got bronze.
The tournament started with swimming. Egyptian Amro El Geziry showed the best result in the swimming pool - 1.56,50 (351 points), the second was James Cooke from UK - 1.57,57 (348 points) and the third was Russian Maksim Kustov with his personal record - 1.59,16 (343 points). Aleksander Lesun was only on the 28th place in the Event (2.07,00 – 319 points). Egor Puchkarevskiy was the last in the list with 2.12,35 (303 points) due to the leg injury which he got in semi-final. Coaches told that the pain left during the rest day, and Egor wanted participate in the Final to help the team win the competition. Bur during swimming athlete felt sharp pain in his foot. After that coaches decided to eliminate him despite loss the opportunity to win gold medals in the team event.
In the beginning of the fencing Lesun and Kustov were not so good. Omar El Geziry had the great series with 20 victories out of 22 fights. But after Omar El Geziry was tired as Lesun had the 12 victories in a row. As a result Omar won the fencing with 25 victories. His brother Amro as Lesun and South Korean Jinhwa Jung lost him only one victory. After two Events the leaders were brothers from team Egypt. Omar El Geziry got 601 points, Amro El Geziry – 593 points. Behind them were Jinhwa Jung with 590 points, Yasser Hefny - 570 points and Lesun with 569 points. Maksim Kustov was eighth with 558 points.
The situation was intensified after riding. Omar El Geziry and Jinhwa Jung demonstrated maximal result in the Riding. Lesun got one penalty point, Kustov – seven, Hefny – twenty, Amro El Geziry – 28. So Omar El Geziry started the first in the Combined Event. Jinhwa Jung run away for him with 3 seconds of deficit, Amro El Geziry - with 20 seconds of deficit, Lesun - with 25 seconds, Cooke – with 36 seconds, French Valentin Belaud and Lithuanian Justinas Kinderis – both with 38 seconds, Kustov – 42 seconds, Hefny – 43 seconds.
The leader changed fourthly in the Combined Event. Omar El Geziry saved the first place almost half of the distance. But Jinhwa Jung run out the first after third shooting. However Lesun dashed round him and saved the leadership after fourth shooting. But Belaud almost gained Lesun in this time. French athlete dashed round Russian on the last part of the distance and finished the first. Lesun was the second. It was his seventh podium on the World Championships in the individual event. Jinhwa Jung was third. Team Egypt won the Championship, Russian – second, Team France – third.
ATTENTION! THE START TIME OF THE MIXED RELAY COMPETITIONS HAS BEEN CHANGED!
The Directorate of the tournament has decided to change the start time of the Swimming, Fencing and Riding competitions in the mixed relay which will be held on 29th of May.
Timetable of the last day of the tournament:
MEN WILL COMPLETE FOR TWO SETS OF AWARDS
On the penultimate day of the 2016 UIPM Senior World Championships men compete both in individual and team events.
96 athletes and 20 teams have been fighting for the right to be a champion since 26 May. And only 36 athletes and 2 teams (only teams Russia and Egypt qualified to the final stage of the competitions in full strength) have left by Saturday. At the same time teams France, China, South Korea, Hungary, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Japan have delegated to the finals two athletes each. They will fight for the bronze medal in the team event.
As for the individual event, there are at least 20 athletes in the list of potential champions. They are Russians Maksim Kustov and Aleksander Lesun, French Valentin Prades and Valentin Belaud, Egyptian brothers Amro and Omar El Geziry, Hungarians Robert Kasza and Bence Demeter, UK James Cooke, South Korean Jun Woongtae, Chinese Guo Jianli and, of course, World and Europe Champions of different years Justinas Kinderis from Lithuania, Pavlo Tymoshchenko from Ukraine, Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe from Ireland, Ondrej Polivka from Czech Republic and others.
WORLD CHAMPIONS 2010 - 2015 MEN
DOUBLE HUNGARIAN VICTORY
27 May became at the 2016 UIPM Senior World Championships not only women’s, but also the Hungarian day. The competitions in the individual event won the representative of the national team Hungaru Sarolta Kovacs with Zsofia Foldhazi and Tamara Aleszejev.
Elodie Clouvel from France won the swimming event (321 points), ahead of Russian Gulnaz Gubaydullina (319 points) and British Samantha Murray (315 points). Two Russians Anna Buriak and Donata Rimsaite took place in the second half of the result list, and Rimsaite (34th place - 259 points) in the end. But Rimsaite won fencing event, achieving 26 victories. This allowed her to rise immediately to the 7th place. Hungarian Sarolta Kovacs leaded the Tournament, followed closely by world champions of the last two years, Samantha Murray (UK) and Lena Schoneborn (Germany).
Russians Buriak and Gubaidulina finally lost the chance of a good result in the riding. Buriak dropped three sticks, and fell. The result - 243 points. Gubaydullina got 286 points after three events, becoming 23 afterwards. Only Rimsaite continued to fight for a medals, despite receiving 6 penalty points. Russian athlete shared 6-7 places with Italian Alice Sotero, having 811 points. Sarolta Kovacs (Hungary) with 838 points, Soo Jin Yang (South Korea) - 829, Ian Marques (Brazil), Samantha Murray (Great Britain) both with 818, and Elodie Clouvel (France) – 814 started before her. Considering participation of Chinese Qian Chen and Wanxia Liang, and German Lena Schoneborn, the struggle for medals was really taught.
And so it happened. However, with one exception. Kovacs did not let anyone to get close to her and finish first with a serious advantage. Elodie Clouvel finished second and German Lena Sh¸neborn became third. Rimsaite stated seventh. In the team event, along with the Hungarian national team, teams China and Germany rose on the podium. Russians are fourth.
FRIDAY IS A WOMEN’S DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT
Five more medals sets will be played out in the second half of the Tournament. 2016 UIPM World Champions among women both in individual and team event will be determined 27 May.
36 athletes will fight for medals in the individual event as well as 5 teams in the team event. They are teams Russia, Germany, Hungary, France and China. Only those teams could make it to the final in full strength. Last year World Champion team Poland, and teams UK, Lithuania, Italy and Belarus didn’t qualify to the last stage of the competitions.
There are a lot more potential champions in the individual event. They are Olympic Champions Lena Schoneborn (Germany) and Laura Asadauskaite (Lithuania), World Champions Samantha Murray (UK) and ×ýíü Öÿíü (China), as well as Anastasia Prokopenko (Belarus), Claudia Chezarini (Italy), Zsofia Foldhazi and Sarolta Kovacs (Hungary), Annika Schleu (Germany), Yane Marques (Brazil), Elodie Clouvel (France), Xiaonan Zhank and Wanxia Liang (China). Russians Gulnaz Gubaidullina, Anna Buriak and Donata Rimsaite will also compete in the finals.
2014 – 2015 UIPM WORLD CHAMPIONS
FINALISTS OF THE MEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT ARE DETERMINED 36 finalists Men’s Individual Event of the 2016 UIPM Senior World Championships are determined 26 May in Moscow. They will fight for the gold medals on Saturday. And there are three Russians in the list – Alexander Lesun, Egor Puchkarevskiy and Maksim Kustov.
The day started really good for team Russia. Alexander Lesun from group A got 264 points for fencing. And despite the fact that he was only 23rd in swimming, he stayed the leader according to the results of the two events. In combined he didn’t perform in full strength but still finished the 1st with a 7 seconds advantage over Yasser Hefny from Egypt. At the same time, weak performance of team UK (Samuel Curry) and team France (Christopher Patte) became a surprise for everybody. They finished 21st and 22nd respectively with no chance to get to the final.
When it comes to group B, Egor Puchkarevckiy started very confidently as a 3rd in the combined, so it seemed he wouldn’t have a problem with qualifying into the finals. But his injury had interfered into the process, and he barely finished 11th. The athlete has been hospitalized after finishing the event, whether he continues competing or not will be announced later. This group also didn’t’t avoid loses of the favourites. Woo Jin Lee from South Korea, Riccardo De Luca from Italy and Stefan Kollner from Germany couldn’t make it to the finals.
Maksim Kustov from group C opened the Tournament with a personal swimming record going out of two minutes – 1.59,73 (3rd place, 341 points). However, after fencing he went back to the 6th place. World Championships Debutant Kirill Belyakov who is performing in the individual event started quite well. He started 10th in the combined. Kustov in the combined was always in the best of eight, which guarantees the right to fight for the gold, and came the 3rd. In opposite, Belyakov collapsed from 10th to the 24th place and finished his performance at the Tournament. Adam Marosi from Hungary, Woojin Hwang from South Korea, Jiahao Han from China and Thomas Daniel from Austria also didn’t qualify to the finals.
MEN START THE FIGHT FOR THE MEDALS
Men’s semi-finals in team and individual competition conduct 26 May. 96 pentathlets fight for 36 places in finals. 20 national teams participate in team event today.
32 athletes perform in each semi-final. 8 athletes out of each group will qualify to the final directly, and 12 more will be selected according to their results (amount of points).
For team Russia they are Aleksander Lesun, Egor Puchkarevskiy, Maksim Kustov (all of them participate in team competition as well) and Kirill Belyakov (participates only in individual event).
The tough struggle is expected in semi-finals today. There are favourites in each out of the 3 groups. The leading athletes are:
2016 UIPM SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS FINISH IN MOSCOW
2016 UIPM Senior World Championships women’s semi-finals finish in Moscow 25 May. 36 athletes will continue to fight for the gold medals on Friday, 27 May.
Four relay winners participated in the first individual event (group A). They are Lena Schoneborn and Annika Schleu from Germany, silver relay medalist Samantha Murray from the UK and bronze relay medalist Ekaterina Arel from Belarus. Besides, Elodie Clouvel from France, Margo Isaksen from the USA and Gulnaz Gubaydullina from Russia participated in the competitions. Almost all of them lead the ranking after combined event. Clouvel finished the first, Schoneborn, Gubaydullina, Schleu and Murray finished respectively. However, there were some surprises. Arel was only 14th while Isaksen became 16th with no chance to get to the finals. Team UK also has a loss as Freyja Prentice, who was also stated as a team participant, became 17th.
Group B wasn’t that notable. That’s why it was so surprising to see second world number Hungarian Zsofia Foldhazi only 17th after the two events. Also our Olga Karmanchikova, stated only in the individual event, was on the 9th dangerous place, despite that she was followed by Italian Claudia Cesarini, Chinese Wanxia Liang and Lithuanian Gintare Venckauskaite. In the end, Foldhazi closed the best of eight, while Karmanchikova was only 15th.
When it comes to group C, Soo Jin Yang from South Korea, Yane Marques from Brazil, Laura Asadauskaite from Lithuania, Marie Oteiza from France and Xiaonan Zhang started really well. All of them guaranteed a place in the finals after performing in swimming and fencing events. At the same time, Anastasia Prokopenko from Belarus, Anna Buriak and Donata Rimsaite from Russia as well as 2011 World Champion Victoria Tereshuk from Ukraine had to strongly fight in the combined to get the right to be in the finals. Tereshuk couldn’t make it. Prokopenko and Buriak made sure they were qualified while Rimsaite used just the last chance to get there after finishing 13th.
It’s worth noting that women’s semi-finals results also influenced the team event. Only 5 out of 16 teams were able to qualify to the finals in full strength. They are teams Russia, France, Germany, China and Hungary.
75 ATHLETES PERFORM IN THE TOURNAMENT
Women start the fight for the medals of the 2016 UIPM World Championships 25 May. 36 of them will qualify to the finals and will continue competing on Friday, 27 May.
25 athletes perform in each semi-final out of 3. They are competing in swimming, fencing and combined while riding is not included into preliminary rounds. 8 athletes out of each semi-final will qualify to the finals, and 12 more will be selected according to their results (amount of points).
Athletes are divided into groups according to the rating so they are about the same strength. Furthermore, there must be no more than 2 athletes from the same country in the group. Only 4 pentathletes from each team are allowed to participate in the Tournament. It worth noting, that team competition will be conducted 27 May as well as an individual event. There are 3 athletes in each out of 16 national teams which participate in that kind of Event. They were identified in advance. Thus for team Russia they are Donata Rimsaite, Anna Buriak and Gulnaz Gubaydullina while Olga Karmanchikova participates in the individual event only.
The leading athletes from 3 preliminary groups are:
SOUTH KOREA IS THE WINNER OF THE 2016 UIPM SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Men’s relay is conducted on the 2nd day of the 2016 UIPM Senior World Championship. Team South Korea is the winner of the Event, team Russia became the 2nd while team France became the 3rd.
Russian pentathlets have become winners of the relay twice: 1990 team USSR and already team Russia in 2004. That tournament was also hosted in Moscow. This time our athletes Ilia Frolov and Oleg Naumov were fighting for the gold after winning the 2014 European Championship together.
Swimming was after the UK athletes, who overtook the Koreans by only one second. Russians didn’t start well being only s7th after the first part of the competition.
As it turned out, the gold medals were determined at fencing stage. Koreans won 24 fights out of 32, getting ambitious 266 points and being a leader with a 38 advantage over team Latvia. Team Russia was 61 points behind on the 4th place.
At the riding stage Frolov and Naumov got maximum of 300 points, moving to the 2nd place and reducing time deficit by 40 seconds. To catch up this kind of handicap could be possible only if team Korea made mistakes at shooting. But experienced Hwang Woojin and Jun Woongtae didn’t leave them a chance, so Naumov and Frolov became 2nd. Team France became bronze medalist after starting 6th in the combined.
TECHNICAL RESULTS. TEAM-RELAY. MEN
TEAM GERMANY WINS THE FIRST GOLD
Team Germany with Lena Schoneborn and Annika Schleu wins the opening event of the 2016 UIPM Senior World Championships in Moscow.
The debutants of the Event Sofia Serkina (1996) and Anastasia Petrova (1994) performed in team Russia. Despite the youth, they did not get frightened by the German and the UK competitors. Russian athletes won fencing and swimming competitions. However, they exceeded time limit by 3 seconds in riding. Nevertheless, they started the first in combined with a 32 seconds lead over the UK, 37 seconds lead over South Korea and 40 seconds over Germany and Italy.
But everything changed. Already in the first half of the distance team Germany and team UK almost caught up the Russians, and overcame them in the second part of the relay. In the end, Lena Schoneborn became the first, while UK and Belarus athletes came second and third respectively. Russians, being behind Belarusian athletes by 8 seconds, finished forth.
TECHNICAL RESULTS OF THE TEAM-RELAY WOMEN
World Championship in Modern Pentathlon
From the 23 till the 29 of May 2016 the World Cup in Modern Pentathlon will be held in Moscow.
In the Competitions will take part all the strongest pentathletes of the world, champions of the Olympic Games, of the World, Europe, winners of major International Tournaments. The particular importance of this Competitions makes the fact that during the Moscow World Championship, besides the medals of the Tournament, the licenses for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro will be drawing.
Modern Pentathlon – is the kind of all-around sports, in which participants compete in five disciplines: swimming, fencing, horse riding (jumping), shooting, running. Since the 2009, running and shooting were combined in one species – combine, in which athletes overcome a distance of 3200 meters, stopping to shoot on four shooting lines. They shoot from eco-friendly and secure laser sporting weapons at special targets.
This kind of sport was developed by the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, and its invariably included into the program of the Olympic Games since 1912. First, this kind of sport was called "officer pentathlon", and only military officers had the right to participate in the Competitions. But since 1946, civilians were admitted to the Competitions too. It changed the name: Now we are seeing contests in the "Modern Pentathlon".
World Championship in Modern Pentathlon will be held in Moscow for the fifth time. Prior to this, our capital hosted these Competitions in 1961, 1974, 2004 and 2011. Five years ago, as now, the Tournament was held in Sports Complex "Olympic". Then, for the first time of history, all the five species were held virtually under one roof. For competitions in fencing, show jumping and combine the audience could watch in the Sports Complex "Olympic", and swimming in the nearby swimming pool SC "Olympic". The same will be at this time.
THE SCHEDULE OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 23 of May. Opening ceremony. Relay (women)