Tomorrow, it is the men’s chance to prove to the Pentathlon world, who is the strongest Pentathlon nation.
Hungary have made one change from their World Championships inning team from last year with Bence Demeter joins Adam Marosi, and Peter Tibolya in the quest to match their gold medal performance from Moscow last year.
Marosi has not had much Pentathlon competition this year, so he will be using this opportunity to get some form for the all crucial individuals. The Hungarians will be boosted by the career best form of Tibolya which got him his first gold medal at World Cup #3 this yeat.
The Belarusian team of Dzmitry Meliakh, Mihail Hayanouski and Mihail Prokopenko all know how to win a relay. Meliakh and Prokopenko were both in the gold medal winning team of 2010 and will want to repeat that winning feeling tomorrow. Their new member Hayanouski, is a great addition, as the young Belarusian has already has a World Cup medal to his name and is always improving.
All eyes will be on young Ilia Shugarov who won gold at World Cup #4. The 19 year old has been a media sensation after he beat his more fancied opponents in Rostov and in doing so earned himself a place on the Russian relay team. He will be joined by Maksim Kustov and Alexander Savkin who will be eager to show the Russian coaches they are ready to perform at this level more frequently.
The Korean men will be aiming to emulate the strong performances of their women counterparts today with impressive fencing & swimming performances. With the Korean team of Jinhwa Jung, Jin-woo Hong and Woojin Hwang now consistently finishing in top 10 positions at World Cup’s gold here is the next big step in this developing nations international progress.
So, which country will have a golden start to the 2012 Championships? Follow all the results live on Pentathlon.org from 9am and enjoy all the combined event action by watching the basic webcast from 17:30 local time (+2 GMT).