There are 16 places available for an August training camp at the world renowned facilities of INSEP, the National French Institute of Sport, in August later this year. Hosted by the French Modern Pentathlon Federation, this is a unique opportunity to train in a world class environment before the UIPM World Championships in Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei.
After gaining invaluable experience on the international circuit with appearances at World Cup’s in Palm Springs, Chengdu and Budapest, Jhonnathan Ortega confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of Mexican Modern Pentathlon by winning the Men’s title at this month’s Nationals. Still only a teenager, he is now ranked just outside the world top 50 and could prove to be a real force next season.
With just ten (10) days to go until the 2013 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final gets underway in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, UIPM is pleased to reveal the final entry list for one of the most highly anticipated events of this season’s calendar. The world’s top pentathletes are all set to battle it out on one of the biggest stages of all and some scintillating action will be expected throughout the three days of competition. In the men’s draw, the newly instated World No.1 from Hungary Adam Marosi will be favourite for the top prize after a win at World Cup #2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as a further two second place finishes in the competition Series already this year.
Eight countries participated in the Polish Junior International Open women’s category in Drzonkow, Poland this weekend with the USA’s 19-year-old Isabella showing her credentials with some confident performances to win the event. In fencing, Serapinante Ieva from Lithuania finished in first position as her compatriot Serapinante Emiljay took third place. But one could sense that the experienced gained Isabella Isakesen this season, who had placed second with the epée, would stand her in good stead for her assault on the title.
Hungarian pair Leila Gyenesei and Adam Marosi collected their second World Cup Series Mixed Relay gold this season with victory on home soil in Budapest today. The dynamic duo were the outstanding performers, placing second in the fence, third in the pool and fourth in the ride before a controlled display in the combined set them on their way to the title in front of the local fans. Their 988 points in the fence had installed them as early favourites and after a quick swim, timed at 1:54:31, Marosi and Gyenesei were confident going into the ride.
Hungarian duo Leila Gyenesei and Adam Marosi are now in pole position to deliver a gold that has so far eluded the host national in Budapest as they begin the combied ahead of the pack. The pair, who won the inaugural Mixed Relay at World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, USA, has proved formidable this season. They had earlier come second in the fence before placing third in the pool.
In the first event of the Mixed Relay at World Cup #4 in Budapest, the experienced Latvian pair Elena Rublevska and Deniss Cerkovskis claimed 1084 points from 25 bouts won in the fence. They were head and shoulders above the rest with second place going to Hungarian duo Leila Gyenesei and Adam Marosi recording 20 victories with the epée. Ukraine’s Vicoria Tereshuk and Ruslan Nakonechnyi are third on 923 points with three teams sharing fourth spot before the swim.
After placing the fastest time in the pool in the second event of the Men’s Final at World Cup #4 in Budapest, Hungary, Great Britain’s Jamie Cooke recorded a perfect ride to find himself in fourth position overall with just the combined to go. It simply was his day as some sublime shooting, which included a world record, put him on his way to his maiden victory in a World Cup Series event.
Punching the air in delight as he recorded a perfect ride around the course, the Hungarian Olympic bronze medallist Adam Marosi, lapped up the applause of the crowd with the knowledge that he was now in the best possible position for a shot at gold with just the combined to go. Not to be undone by his compatriot, Bence Demeter also scored a perfect 1200 points in the ride to move up to second overall. James Cooke of Great Britain, the day’s fastest swimmer, did not get a single penalty either with his horse and is now fourth overall whist his compatriot Samuel Weale will start just behind him in the combined.
An extremely strong Men’s Final made for unpredictable results as the Czech Republic’s Michal Sedlecky came out on top in the fence and South Korea’s Jinhwa Jung finds first in the provisional leaderboard after World record holder James Cooke from Great Britain edged out his rivals in the pool. Sedlecky surprised everyone, even himself, to take 928 points with the epée after winning 22 of his bouts in the fencing event and finishing first. The vastly experience 34-year-old told us, “I did not expect to come out first, I am very surprised.
The Women’s Final at World Cup #4 lived up to its billing with a tightly contested combined event capping off a quality day of competition in Budapest, Hungary. Ganna Buriak confirmed Ukraine’s dominance this season with her second triumph in a row, adding to her compatriot Victoria Tereshuk’s gold in Palm Springs, USA, in the first World Cup Series event of the year.
A decisive ride by Great Britain’s Mhairi Spence put her in pole position with just the combined event to go in the Women’s Final at World Cup #4 in Budapest, Hungary. Spence’s 1200 points with her horse will now be a major confidence boost to her aspirations of reaching the podium. Hungary’s Leila Gyenesei was another with a flawless ride and she now stands in third position.
It came as no surprise to see Elodie Clouvel claim the most points in the Women’s Final swim with the French 24-year-old just piping Russia’s Luidmila Kukushkina to top spot, by just three tenth of a second. Clouvel continues her impressive record of having won each of the Women’s Final swims at each of her three World Cup Series appearances this season. She now finds herself second overall with the Ride and the Combine events still to go
April’s edition of the Modern Pentathlon newsletter is now available to download. Please click here to read all the international Modern Pentathlon news from April This edition includes: 2013 World Cup #3 Chengdu Review Worldwide tournament news Spotlight on Biathle and Triathle competitions UIPM HQ’s new Development Manager News from around the Modern Pentathlon World Joint Laser shooting summit Medical and Anti-Doping corner Inside UIPM: Monthly activities of President Schormann New Balance World Rankings Happy reading.
Italian fencing sensation Claudia Cesarini blew the rest of the field away in the first event of the Women’s Final at World Cup #4 in Budapest. The 26-year-old won an incredible 29 from 35 bouts to claim 1096 points as she came close to matching the world record set by China’s Xiaonan Zhang in Palm Springs earlier this year.
Woojin Hwang, who celebrated his 23rd birthday just two days ago, confirmed his fine form this season with a quality start in the Men’s Qualification Group B. The World Cup #3 Chengdu silver medallist first place in the fence, with 19 victories on the pistes, and his second place in the pool, put him in a commanding position ahead of the combined. With one event to go today, he leads Russia’s experienced reigning European Champion Ilia Frolov by 90 points whilst Andrea Pucciariello of Italy makes up the provisional podium places.