UIPM 2017 Junior World Championships: Korea too good in Men’s Relay
Korea dominated on day two of the UIPM 2017 Junior World Championships to claim a deserved gold medal in the Men's Relay.
So Hyunseok and Seo Changwan (KOR) started the Laser-Run 13sec behind leaders Russia (Andrei Zuev & Ivan Tarasov) but quickly reeled them in and refused to relinquish their advantage.
Korea (So/Seo) ended up winners by 9sec from silver medallists Spain (Joan Gispert & Luis Shivel) with Belarus (Ivan Khamtsou & Yaraslau Radziuk) a further 6sec behind. After a difficult Laser-Run, Russia (Zuev/Tarasov) finished 7th.
Earlier, Belarus had the best results in Fencing as they achieved 23V/13D ahead of Egypt (Sherif Nazeir & Ahmed Hamed) with 22V/14D.
Argentina (Alexis Corradini Martinez & Manuel Armanazqui) produced the quickest Swimming time of 1:52.11.
The leadership equation continued to take shape during the Riding and it was Russia (Zuev/Tarasov) and Spain () who carried off a maximum score of 300.
However, Korea (So/Seo) stayed in contention by surrendering only a single point (299), and that allowed them to go into the Laser-Run with the ultimate prize firmly in their sights.
UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann said: "It is important to have medallists from different continents and we were all very happy to see this today as Korea took the gold medal ahead of two European nations.
“Today we have seen excellent horses and good performance by a number of athletes, as well as good presentation, and I congratulate the organising committee for an excellent second day.”
The UIPM 2017 Junior World Championships is taking place from August 8-14 and the action continues tomorrow (August 10) with qualification for the Women's Individual Final (August 12).
A total of 172 athletes from 27 countries are taking part in the championships.
All results are available in real time at the UIPM website.