Being third on the grid at the start of the combined gave the experienced Tereshuk the perfect platform with which to blow the rest of the field away with her blistering pace making the difference as she claimed gold.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist has been in fine form this season and fully deserved to add this title to her hugely impressive trophy cabinet. She has been the model of consistency on the international circuit this campaign, winning World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, USA, placing fourth at World Cup #2 Rio and taking silver earlier this month at World Cup #4 in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
After her day began with 21 wins in the fence, she recorded the fourth fastest time in the pool at 2:10:95 before a near-faultless ride to start the combined in third place. From there, there was no stopping Tereshuk as some pin-point shooting put her on her way to victory.
She told us, “It is such a great feeling to win here. I am just so happy. Today I was feeling very strong and starting third in the combined I knew that if I got shooting right then I could win.”
Buoyed by the boisterous public, Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina finished second to take home the silver after having started the combined in fifth.
Bronze went to Tereshuk’s compatriot Ganna Buriak, who, after having begun the ultimate event ten seconds ahead of the pack, struggled with her aim. The 23-year-old was still delighted to get bronze, capping off a wonderful season for herself.
Despite having a hugely temperamental horse, Lithuanian World No.1 Laura Asadauskaite managed to claw her way up the field from thirteenth with some powerful running and expert shooting to finish fourth. The reigning Olympic Champion has not had the best of luck this season so will look to come back all guns blazing at the World Championships in August.
Fledgling German talent Janine Kohlmann came a remarkable fifth whilst USA’s Margaux Isaksen was sixth. Mhairi Spence of Great Britain, who was leading after the swim, could not match her rivals for speed and finished seventh.
The Men’s World Cup Final takes centre stage on Saturday 1 June.