Imagine this, but on an international stage, with the world watching, and one of the people standing in your way of becoming World Champion is the same person that you grew up with, the same person you learned to walk and read with, your brother!
For a surprising amount of Pentathletes this is a reality. At the recent Junior World Championships there were 3 sets of brothers all competing together in Argentina:
- Nathan and Lucas Schrimsher (USA)
- Bence and Gergely Demeter (HUN)
- Yuriy and Andiyi Fedechko (UKR)
They join the better known brother pairings of Amro and Omar El Geziry (EGY) and Dmytro and Pavlo Kirpulyanskyy (UKR) as brothers on the Pentathlon circuit.
All the brothers agree that having a family members by their side helps them. “It is great, as there is always somewhere to pick you up when things are not going well” stated the Demeter’s. The Schrimsher’s: “We always try and learn off each other to make ourselves better Pentathletes, it’s great to have a travel partner”.
Omar El Geziry thinks “The best think about having a brother that is such a good swimmer as Amro is I can just chase his feet in the pool, which inspires me to go faster. I love that I always have someone caring for me, where ever the Pentathlon event it. We are not only competing for personal pride, we are also competing for the family name which was special when we won bronze at the 2009 Men’s World Championships Relay together.”
Motivation is one aspect of being able to compete and train with your brother that they all agree with. Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy stated: “It is fantastic always having Pavlo next to me to keep me going and urging me to get to the next level. He is a great sparring partner in fencing and the rest of the events to hone our skills.”
However all the pleasantries get put aside once the competition starts as the Pentathletes put their family ties to one side once stepping into the competition arena. “As soon as the competition starts I see my brother as just another competitor” states Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy. Yuriy Fedechko thinks “there is only going to be one winner, I would prefer this to be me instead of my brother, but it would be good for him to come 2nd” smiled Yuiry.
The international pentathlon circuit is a long and hard one, so if you ask any of these Pentathletes if they would want to leave their brother at home, the answer would be NO WAY.