Tomorrow, it will be 36 of the world’s best all round athletes turn to battle to enter the history books as the 52nd Modern Pentathlon World Champion.
5 of the athletes competing knows exactly what it takes to become a World Champion. Edvinas Krungolcas (LTU), Ilia Frolov (RUS), Adam Marosi (HUN), Serguei Karyakin (RUS) and Andrei Moiseev (RUS) have all won the World Championships in the past and they will all be in the mix to add to their gold tomorrow.
The 2 in particular that will be confident of adding to their trophy cabinet will be the 2 M’s, Moiseev and Marosi. These 2 champions looked in sparkling touch yesterday and will start favourites. Both of their day very much hinge on the fencing. If they are able to get into the top 3, their strong swim and rides will ensure a commanding position in the combined event, which with all their experience they will not give up!
The same can be said about World #1 Aleksander Lesun (RUS) who has just missed out on gold at the past 2 world championships, winning silver at both. The new father, will see this as the perfect opportunity to cement his space in the Russian Olympic team and also fulfil his childhood dream and become the champion of the world to go with his World #1 tag.
In addition to the title of World Champion being handed out, the top 3 across the finishing line that have not already secured their Olympic qualification position will get their ticket for London.
David Svoboda (CZE), Justinas Kinderis (LTU), Thomas Daniel (AUT) and Nick Woodbridge (GBR) are all in this situation, so their 1st aim will be gold, but will certainly consider this event a success to leave with that al important Olympic qualification.
On Tuesday Jinhwa Jung, Jin-woo Hong and Woojin Hwang created history by winning the first ever Korean gold medal and their confidence from this will be sky high. They will use this momentum to create more history for this developing Modern Pentathlon country to hopefully win the Olympic gold.
The Italian team is having their best season in recent years with the men winning 2 medals in this World Cup Series, including a gold to Nicola Benedetti at World Cup #3. Benedetti will be joined by the combined event specialist Riccardo De Luca & Champion of Champions Pierpaolo Petroni. With the strong home crowd support expected tomorrow, these 3 will be very disappointed to leave without a medal around their neck, however this will be tough with the strongest field in years competing.
With so much riding on this event, this promises to be one of the highest quality World Championships of all time. You can watch live all the fencing from 8:30 local time (+2 GMT).