UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships: Czech duo take ‘smooth’ Men’s Relay gold
The standard was set by Czech Republic on the second day of the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships as they enjoyed a “smooth” success in the Men’s Relay in Zielona Gora (POL).
Matous Tuma (CZE) and Filip Houska (CZE) combined to great effect to end the day with a 16sec victory over silver medallists Paulius Vagnorius and Titas Puronas of Lithuania, crossing the finish line in convincing style.
The bronze medal was won by Juan Ochoa and Andres Fernandez of Guatemala, who held off a brave challenge by Great Britain duo Sam Cobb and Guy Anderson.
Houska (CZE) said: “Everything was quite smooth. We started with the best Fencing, it was amazing, but then we were a little bit scared of the Riding.”
Tuma (CZE) added: “But we drew good horses, and we managed to jump over all the obstacles, and then in Swimming we did what we know we can. In Laser Run we kicked home and performed a good shooting, and that was the key.”
Houska (CZE) added: “I had such a big advantage over the others because of Matous’ amazing run and shoot, so I could control it and even slow down on the last lap, so it was very comfortable.
“We would like to thank all our coaches, and we would like to keep Riding and change the rules, because Riding is amazing and we don’t want to have any obstacle racing.”
With 14 competing nations, only two rotations were needed in the Fencing Ranking Round and Czech Republic (Tuma/Houska) made sure they all counted with a top score of 19V/7D. They also added the four points available in the Bonus Round.
With 16V/10D, two teams immediately put themselves into podium contention – Lithuania (Vagnorius/Puronas) and Guatemala (Ochoa/Fernandez).
After the turbulence of the Women’s Relay 24 hours earlier, the scene was remarkably serene during the Riding element of the Men’s Relay, and four nations performed immaculately to obtain a score of 300.
Clear rounds enabled Czech Republic (Tuma/Houska) and Lithuania (Vagnorius/Puronas) to protect their positions, while Emilien Maire and Pierre Dupuy of France and Maciej Klimek and Michal Jablonski of Poland also took the maximum points.
Finally there came a discipline that proved challenging for Czech Republic (Tuma/Houska), and it was Guatemala (Ochoa/Fernandez) who best took advantage with an excellent swim of 1min 51.80sec to move 9pts closer to the overall leaders, who in turn stretched their lead over Lithuania (Vagnorius/Puronas) by 9pts.
France (Maire/Dupuy) impressed with a 1:53.68, with Federico Alessandro and Giorgio Micheli of Italy third-fastest (1:54.21).
With a 28sec starting cushion over Guatemala (Ochoa/Fernandez), it was always going to take a major incident to deprive Czech Republic (Tuma/Houska) of the world title, and they duly completed the circuit without alarm to earn the gold medal.
Lithuania (Vagnorius/Puronas) showed impressive conviction to turn bronze into silver, finally finishing 10sec ahead of Guatemala (Ochoa/Fernandez).
The fastest time of 12min 13sec was set by Omar Mohamed and Youssef Alyan of Egypt, with two teams timing 12:24 – Great Britain (Cobb/Anderson) and France (Maire/Dupuy).
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UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships
October 2: Women’s Relay
October 3: Men’s Relay
October 4: Women’s Qualification
October 5: Men’s Qualification
October 6: Women’s Semi-finals
October 7: Men’s Semi-finals
October 8: Women’s Final; Men’s Final
October 9: Mixed Relay
BARANY Peter Andras