The stunning facilities of this competition, hosted by the Qatar Foundation in cooperation with the Qatar Olympic Committee, provided a great backdrop for the athletes to perform at the very highest level and World No.5 Isaksen told us, “I came to Qatar very relaxed. There was no pressure on me and that played a big part in my performance. The fantastic facilities and the amazing horses made it so enjoyable.”
Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka recorded her best career performance at the elite level as she came in second to claim her first international podium place. She could not hide her delight at the finish line and beamed, “I cannot believe this. I am so happy. What a great competition, I cannot wait to come back.”
Yane Marques of Brazil, who began the combined first, ended her day third after being unable to match the speed of the front two. The result confirmed her return to form, ending her season on a high with a third successive podium finish.
Germany’s Annika Schleu was fourth overall after running third fastest in the final event of the day. The 23-year-old looked hungry after only 3 appearances on the international circuit this year. Melanie McCann from Canada made up the top five after she had impressed throughout the day.
After a barnstorming season, Ukrainian trio Viktoria Tereshuk, Iryna Khokhlova and Ganna Buryak finished respectively 6th, 7th and 8th. Mexico’s Mayan Oliver, who clocked the fastest time in the combined at 14:00.36 took 9th place and Pamela Zapata of Argentina came in tenth. Elodie Clouvel, the day’s fastest swimmer, could not recover the time lost in the riding event and ended her campaign 13th, just behind Cuba’s Leidis Laura Moya and Janine Kohlmann of Germany. Top fencer Hanna Vasilionak of Belarus finished 15th.
Tomorrow sees the men competing for honours.