Mingyu Choi (KOR) held on for the silver and Jorge Camacho (MEX) repeated his bronze medal performance he produced 12 months ago at the Youth Olympic Games to claim bronze
The key to the recently turned 18 year olds victory was his dominant fencing performance. Kukarin came 2nd in the 80 man strong field to move to 2nd in the standings after his 13th place in the swimming event.
This meant that Kukarin started 2nd in the combined event behind Pavels Svecovs (LAT). Kukarin’s precision shooting and strong running meant he wrapped up the gold early and could enjoy the final 200m to bask in the glory of his World Championships victory.
Kukarin stated: “This is incredible to become World Champion, I thought it would be impossible, it was my dream to become a World Champion. The combined event is not usually my strong point, but it went so well today, I can’t believe it.”
Silver medallist Choi said: “My best performance for me was in Fencing and this was very important for me. My combined event surprised me, so I am very happy.”
Camacho, who had high hopes coming into this event after winning the senior Pan American Championships last month said: “I was very happy with my fencing performance which was my big fear. In the combined event I messed up in the 2nd shooting as I was too stressed, and I had to adjust my shooting. I was lucky my running saved me. My expectations were higher, my goal was to win but I am still happy with 3rd place. I will win in the future.”
Korea's strong all round performance ensured they won the team's gold medal ahead of Russia and Belarus who claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Full results can be found here.
Stay tuned for all the action from the Women’s final next.