The best ranked Asian pentathlete is chinese, though, Zhongrong Cao, standing at 5th position; unfortunately due to injury, Cao won’t be able to compete in Moscow and try to get the third Chinese title at World Championships and defend his points from last championships, when he narrowly missed the podium by finishing fourth.The best ranked Chinese will be Yunqi Xu, who will be trying to repeat his appearance at final last year, and a young and renewed Chinese squad that will try to surprise.
The most traditional Asian modern pentathlon school, the Japanese, will send a strong delegation with their fast swimmers and also try to make the finals, just like the Kazhak team, that will counts on veteran Rustim Sarbikhouzny, who used to compete for Russia, and the youngster Andrey Soldatov, among others. Kazakhstan was pioneer in Asian modern pentathlon history as the first Olympic gold for Asia came in 1996 by the hands of Aleksander Parygin (Atlanta 1996). Central Asia will be represented also by Kyrgyzstan.
Nordic countries (Scandinavian countries and Denmark) used to be very strong in modern pentathlon, where its cradle is placed, but since Swedish Erik Johansson they don’t collect much success. However, the countries bordered by the Baltic Sea keep the winning strike. It may have to do with the Baltic wind that changed its direction.
Lithuania is the defending champion of last year’s team competition. Veteran Edvinas Krungolcas has a world title himself (2006) among many others in his large collection and finished in 5th position in Chengdu 2010, while Justina Kinderis, who headed the Lithuanian team last year with his performance worth of a bronze medal, made two podiums this year (WC2 Sassari and European Championships) and is looking for an even better position this time.
Tomas Makarovas was the third member of the winning team and will be in action in Moscow, as will be young hope Paulius Aleksandravicius. Latvia will be represented by Deniss Cerkovskis, who is looking for his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance, and Sandris Sika, another experienced pentathlete.
Poland, in the other hand, will count on a renewed team, with up and coming juniors Remigiusz Golis and Lukasz Klekot alongside with Szymon Stakiewicz and Bartosz Majewski, both born in 1987. Germany, like Lithuania, will send a mixed team, with 4 pentathletes inside the top 40 willing to make the top 36 in this competition. Steffen Gebhardt already got an Olympic spot for his third Olympic Games, so there’s a close competition in the German team for a second place.
Youngster Alexander Nobis is currently one position ahead of Stefan Kollner in the rankings, but Kollner has more points to defend in this competition, so he needs to improve his position (was 11th last year), which could mean a direct qualification since we should have many already qualified pentathletes confirming their good condition.
Same goes for Delf Borrmann, who is behind his teammates and has some important points to defend in Moscow. The only Nordic pentathlete is Finn Ismo Salminen, who took a break from the competitions from 2004 until this year and will be looking for improve his personal marks.