After excelling in the morning fence, where the 26-year-old Military man took 1024 points with 26 victories from 35 bouts, Tymoshchenko had made up for his lack of speed in the pool with a steady ride to stay in contention before the ultimate event of the day.
In the combined, his aim was near-perfect and he was running effortlessly around the course. Keeping his nerve when he needed it most, he was first away from the range after the last round of shooting. With the loud cries from his coach and teammates ringing in his ears on the final lap, he then went on to claim his second career Word Cup Series title.
He told us afterwards, “I knew it would be my day today. I was very confident after winning the fencing. I really enjoyed it, and then in the combined I was hardly missing in the shooting. I stayed focused until the end. This victory is for all my family and all my supporters in Ukraine.”
Tymoshchenko’s trainer, who also happens to be his father, was then presented with an award by Coaches Committee Chairman Samy Awad.
The Men’s Final also saw a first ever appearance on a senior international circuit podium for South Korea’s Woo Jin Lee. The 20-year‘s quality control of the horse saw him come second in the ride, a result that saw him amongst the frontrunners on the combined starting grid. From there he was very controlled and smooth with his pistol to finish just behind Tymoshchenko and take home the silver.
Bronze then went to a delighted Valentin Belaud, last year’s Junior World Champion. The young Frenchman had placed first with his horse, having only received one penalty on a very tricky riding course, and, after having kept his composure in the combined, he crossed the line in an impressive time of 11:47:35 to also receive his first senior medal.
After a silver and a bronze in the Women’s event, China just missed out on another medal in the Men’s with Zhaohong Cai placing fourth. France’s Maurin Holyst made up the top five with the second fastest time in the combined whilst Ruslan Nakonechnyi of Ukraine came in in sixth position.
World #1 Aleksander Lesun failed to find his rhythm and finished seventh whilst his compatriot, Serguei Karyakin, the fastest swimmer after clocking up a time of 2:01:53 in the second event of the day, made too many mistakes in the ride and the promising Russian finished thirteenth.
On the day’s competition, UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann remarked, “It has been excellent, these facilities at the Modern Pentathlon Pierre de Coubertin Stadium make it so easy for the athletes to concentrate on just the competition. Ukraine have done very good performances, two winners in two days.” Before adding, “Despite the earthquake (measured at 6.6-magnitude) this morning, we are happy that everything could continue as normal. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.”
The medals were awarded by UIPM President Dr Schormann, UIPM Vice-President Kui-Sung Choi, UIPM Secretary General Shiny Fang, UIPM Medical Delegate Dr Atanas Andreev and UIPM Event Director Karen Myers
Sunday 21 April sees the Men and the Women team up for the much anticipated Mixed Relay event.