The Chinese finished with a combined time (3x100m) of 2:45.15 which was less than half a second quicker than the Italians who were not in the fastest heat and produced a phenomenal time. The home team are represented by Auro Frenceschini, Fabio Poddighe and Christiano Montico and they were just quicker than the Koreans consisting of Jinhwa Jung, Jin-woo Hong and Woojin Hwang who finished 3rd.
The Koreans quick swim meant they overtook the winner of the fencing Hungary who posted a disappointing tile by their high standards to finish back in 7th position to drop back to 2nd overall.
China’s impressive team moves them up to 4th, behind Russia who posted the 4th fastest time in the 2009 FINA World Championship pool.
Full results can be found here: http://www.pentathlon.org/2012worldchampionships.