The Junior World Championships held in Drzonków, Poland, is another high note of this season.
The old and recent changes in the sport are consolidated and the new generation is mastering the new format and technology, which means a high quality action was seen in Poland - followed, liked and commented by fans all over the world.
American Margaux Isaksen was the big name of the competition. The pentathlete born in Arkansas and living in Colorado showed all her experience to claim the world title and together with her teammates, among them her sister Isabella, won two other gold medals (women’s team and team-relay).
She coped with the pressure of being favourite and prevailed in a very competitive field to close her junior career in style. French Valentin Belaud didn’t collect as much medals as Isaksen in his short career, however a fantastic combined event moved him up from tenth to the first position and now he has a world title himself.
Ukrainian team collected two silver medals in individual competitions, with Anastasia Spas and Dennis Pavlyuk, while Olympians Chloe Esposito, from Australia, and Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe, from Ireland, finished in third position and made history for their countries by bringing home the bronze medals, the first medal won at world championships.
Latvia showed the renewal of Pentathlon in their country with gold in mixed-relay, while in the men’s relay South Korea defended their title and confirmed their status of top country, just like the Russians in the team competition. The Polish team grabbed two medals at home in the relays events – silver and bronze at women’s and mixed fields.
At the end of the competition, twelve countries had medals at their bags, among them the traditionally strong teams of Italy, Czech Republic and Great Britain jointed with the ascending countries Ireland and Australia. Beyond the podiums, 33 delegations attended the Junior World Championships and another unique competition was set.