Spas and Shugarov, who had already won the bronze and silver medals in their respective individual events, went into the final run and shoot section of the competition in first place and hit the finish line exactly the same way
“We know each very well, I would say we are friends,” said Spas of her partner. “There was good communication between us as we could speak Russian and give tips to each other the whole way round.
"In the shooting and running section, I did worse than in the individual event when I won bronze, and I was anxious about seeing the Korean boy (Kim Dae Beom) coming closer to Ilya. My partner was superb to sustain this pressure and finish first.”
Men's individual gold medallist Kim Dae Beom (KOR) and partner Zhu Wenjing (CHN) worked hard to run down the pair, but couldn't compete with impeccable shots at target from Shugarov, coming away with the silver medal with 4600 points.
Dae Boom was delighted with winning a second medal at the Games.
“My feelings are indescribable,” he said.
“My partner did well. There was some difficulty in speaking English and there were communication problems. But that did not affect our performance.”
Gulnaz Gubaydullina (RUS) and Lukas Kontrimavicius (LTU) entered the run and shoot relay in 14th position, but made a dramatic comeback to take the bronze medal, with just 72 points separating them from the gold.
"Together with Lukas Kontrimavicius, we did an excellent job,” said Gubaydullina. “It was tough to come back after the unsuccessful fencing, but after a great swimming section we knew we would certainly have a chance in the last combined event.
“I felt it especially when I was looking at the backs of the rivals who were running in front of me. It was such a drive to surpass them each time.”