The home crowd were left delighted as Ilia Frolov claimed the Men’s trophy at the Kremlin Cup this weekend. The experienced 29-year-old was neck and neck with several athletes throughout the day, including his compatriot Aleksandr Lesun, but his composure in the combined made the difference as he triumphed in style to take top spot. A thrilling day of competition saw Lesun take the early advantage with 36 bouts won in the fence to claim 1080 points ahead of second placed Hungarian Robert Kasza.
One of the most distinguished competitions on the Modern Pentathlon calendar came to an end this weekend with victory in the Women’s event going to Brazil’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist as she triumphed at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia. This special competition really had it all. 29-year-old Brazilian star Marques set the early pace, coming first in the fence with 36 bouts won to claim 1080 points.
May’s edition of the Modern Pentathlon newsletter is now available to download. Please click here to read all the international Modern Pentathlon news from May This edition includes: 2013 World Cup Final Nizhny Novgorod Review 2013 World Cup #4 Budapest Review UIPM makes its presence felt at SportAccord Convention in St Petersburg Worldwide tournament news News from around the Modern Pentathlon World Medical and Anti-Doping corner Inside UIPM: Monthly activities of President Schormann New Balance World Rankings Happy reading.
Last weekend saw the Open Ukrainian Championship take place in the capital Kiev with men and women both vying for silverware in one of the toughest competitions on the continent. The top Ukrainians pentathletes as well as several sportsmen from Russia and Belarus battled till the end for the top places. In women’s competition, world number three Ganna Buriak, who won back to back World Cup Series titles with gold in both Chengdu and Budapest, claimed top spot with a haul of 5468 points
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As one of Britain’s top modern pentathletes and Olympic silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing games, Heather Fell is highly skilled across the disciplines of fencing, swimming, show jumping and running and shooting. However, Fell, who trains locally at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath, is about to step out of her comfort zone by undertaking the Deloitte Ride Across Britain ultimate cycle challenge to raise money for the Bath Rugby Foundation. From the 8th to 16th June, Fell will join a group of local cyclists, including former England and Bath Rugby players, Lewis Moody, Danny Grewcock and David Flatman, to cycle from John O’Groats, on the most northern tip of Scotland, to Land’s End, on the south western coast of England, covering a distance of 982 miles (1580km) in nine (9) days
Some unbelievable shooting from Valentin Prades saw the Frenchman claim his maiden career title with gold at the 2013 UIPM World Cup Series Final. A sumptuous display of poise and finesse in the combined ensured the 20-year-old, who started the ultimate event a second ahead of his rivals, crossed the finished line with enough time to take in a career defining moment. Cool, calm and composed throughout the day, the rising star of French modern pentathlon had come second in the morning fence with 25 victories from 35 bouts, placed 22nd in the pool and then capitalised on Russia’s Ilia Frolov’s slip-up in the riding event to move into pole position with one event to go.
Fledgling French talent Valentin Prades took full advantage of the slip-up but Russia’s Ilia Frolov to top the leaderboard with 3472 points after the ride, which ensures he will start the combined in pole. In second place lies South Korea’s Jinhwa Jung, who just seems to be getting better and better with each event. The 24-year-old has been so consistent in each of the disciplines and will now be gunning to better his result at the World Championships last year where he took bronze.
Some sensational times in the pool saw ten athletes record sub-2 mins times in the Men’s World Cup Final swim. Egypt’s Amro El Geziry was the quickest with a time of 1:52:28, just ahead of the pair from Great Britain Jamie Cooke and Joe Evans. Fourth fastest was Korea’s Jinhwa Jung and Russia’s Sergei Karyakin and Adam Marosi were fifth and sixth respectively
The home crowd got what they came for as Russian reigning Champion Ilian Frolov came out on top in the Men’s World Cup Final morning fence. It was highly unpredictable with some big names struggling against some extremely tough opposition. Frolov had the edge and looked bright right from the onset, quick on the offensive and decisive on the counter; he was relishing the opportunity to test himself against the very best in the world
It was the speed of Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk which made the difference in the hot and humid conditions of Nizhny Novgorod as the 31-year-old stormed to an impressive victory in the combined to win the UIPM World Cup Final with real panache. Being third on the grid at the start of the combined gave the experienced Tereshuk the perfect platform with which to blow the rest of the field away with her renowned blistering pace making the difference as she claimed gold.
After back to back titles at World Cup #3 Chengdu and World Cup #4 Budapest, Ukraine’s Ganna Buriak confirmed she is the in-form athlete of this season after her perfect riding event ensured she would start the combined event ten seconds head of the ack. Mhairi Spence from Great Britain is now down in second position after two penalties on the horse with Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk now in the provisional bronze medal position Brazilian star Yane Marques is now in fourth.
It was a double celebration for Great Britain as Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray recorded the fastest time in the pool to go seventh overall as her compatriot Mhairi Spence moved up into first position in the Women’s World Cup Final standings with two events still to go. Murray’s 2:07:23 swim gave her 1276 points whilst Spence finished tenth in the water to lead the rest of the field by 24 points. Brazil’s Yane Marques is now in second place overall after her fifth position in the pool
An impressive start to the day’s action at the Women’s World Cup Final in Nizhny Novgorod saw 29-year-old Belarusian Tatsiana Yelizarova win the morning fence with 26 victories from 35 bouts. The experienced campaigner simply had too much about her as time after she outthought and outmanoeuvred her opponents to go top of the leaderboard with 1024 points before the swimming event. Ekaterina Khuraskina, one of the host country’s leading lights, was very assured in this discipline and although she was on the receiving end of some stern words from her coach after a couple of early defeats, the Russian, despite issues with her equipment, put in a series of quality perfromances to finish with 1000points
It was press conference day today in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, as the 2013 World Cup Series reaches its climactic end with the Final set to begin tomorrow. The Women will get the show underway on Friday 31 May before the Men are pitted against each other the day after with the greatly praised Mixed Relay bringing the event to a thrilling close on Sunday 2 June. This three-day competition with see the biggest stars of the international stage battling it for one of the most coveted prizes in modern pentathlon.