“To win in Rio is for me very special, it is one of my favourite cities in the world. I have been feeling good all week and I am so happy to get the gold. It is too early to talk about the Olympics but I hope that I can come back in three years and do it again”, beamed Marosi at the finish line.
Vastly experienced Latvian Denis Cerkovskis, who celebrated 20 years of involvement in Modern Pentathlon last season, came second after claiming maximum points in the ride and finishing just behind Marosi in the combined. The 34-year-old was delighted, celebrating his first podium finish in nearly four years.
The French duo of Valentin Prades and Christopher Patte came third and sixth respectively. Prades, 20, is surely one to look out for this season with him having shown great maturity and tremendous consistency across each discipline.
Serguei Karyakin of Russia ended the event fourth overall and was clearly delighted with his performance but if he can improve his riding, he will soon be scooping gold.
After a perfect ride saw him claim 1200 points in the penultimate event of the day, Egyptian Amro El Geziry, 26, began ahead of the pack in the combined event, but unfortunately struggled to hit the target with his pistol and was pegged back to finish in fifth place.
Hungarian Robert Kasza, who was peerless in the fencing and was leading before the ride, was earlier eliminated after falling badly from his horse and dislocating his shoulder whilst swim winner Nicholas Woodbridge from Great Britain made too many mistakes in the ride and finished sixteenth overall.
The Mixed Relay on Sunday 24 March will bring this quality competition to an end with the focus then shifting to World Cup #3 in Chengdu, China, next month.
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