In 2012, we have a schedule that most of us are not used too, with the relays kicking off preceding’s. This means that the women’s relay is the first event, starting tomorrow.
12 teams of 3 women will battle it out for the first gold of the championships. Each girl must take it in turns fencing all the other opponents, then swim 100m in a traditional swimming relay, then share the responsibilities in the show jumping discipline, then each run and shoot 2 series each (2 x 1000m and 2 x 5 shots) with the first women across the finishing line winning for their country and the honour of winning the first gold at the Championships.
With the majority of the athletes having their eye on individual glory and Olympic qualification on the weekend, this relay event offers an opportunity for the young and upcoming athletes to put their stamp on the biggest Modern Pentathlon stage at all in the historic polo club.
Hungary is the defending champions from Moscow last year and they are taking their title defence very seriously by submitting an impressive team. Leila Gyenesei and Sarolta Kovacs who were both in the gold medal team of 2011 are included, together with young start Krisztina Cseh with Adrienn Toth being left out. If they can produce similar performances which made them World & European Champions last year, then they will be starting the 52nd World Championships in golden fashion.
Germany, as always take the relay events very seriously and this event will be no different. A full strength team composing of World #1 Lena Schoneborn, Jannie Kohlmann and Annika Schleu have put their country first and have taken the risk of getting injured or fatigued ahead of the weekend in the hope to be able to call themselves world relay championships. With the star of Women’s Pentathlon, Schoneborn in their team, confidence will be high to go one better than their silver medal last year and topple the mighty Hungarians.
China will be the best chance for Asia to get one over the traditional powerhouses of Europe. They will be led by the supremely talented 2009 World Champion Qian Chen who will see the relay competition as the perfect opportunity to gain form ahead of her individual World Championships medal assault. Chen will be joined by the strong pair of Yihua Miao and Wenjing Zhu who complement each other skills nicely to form a solid team.
Other 2 teams sure to be in the mix for medals will be Belarus, led by World Cup #4 Champion Anastaysia Prokopenko and Great Britain who have their so called B team competing of Kate French, Katy Burke and Katy Livingston, however they are all very top athletes so they will be a big threat.
Check out all the teams here: http://pentathlon.org/results/competition-results/results/pentathlon/921-uipm-senior-world-championships/senior/women/team-replay-three-members.
So, which country will have a golden start to the 2012 Championships? Follow all the results live on Pentathlon.org from 9am and enjoy all the combined event action by watching the basic webcast from 17:30 local time (+2 GMT).