They will need to perform at the highest level in intense summer Rome sun in order to get into the top 12 in their group and keep their gold medal dream alive.
106 men, will be lining up so, a massive 70 men will be going home disappointed with their 2012 World Championships dream in tatters.
The Russian team, sure know how to perform in World Championships, with 3 of their team Andrei Moiseev (2011), Serguei Karyakin (2010) and Ilia Frolov (2009) have a World Championships gold medal to their name. The 4th member of their team is no other than World #1 Aleksander Lesun, who has 2 silver World Championship medals to his name and is desperate to get that World Championships gold medal.
The only nation that pushed Russia at last year’s World Championships was Hungary. 2009 World Champion Adam Marosi and Robert Kasza have not had much Pentathlon this year due to injury, so they will be using tomorrow as a chance to get their form back ahead of the all important final.
The Korean team will be brimming with confidence after their extraordinary performance in the Men’s relay which won their country their first ever World Championships gold medal. So don’t be surprised to see Jinhwa Jung, Jin-woo Hong and Woojin Hwang leading their respective groups at the end of the day.
The Italian crowd will again be out in force to support their local team. The Italian men are brimming with talent and confidence after a successful year. Riccardo Le Luca grabbed bronze at World Cup #2 and Nicola Benedetti clinched the 1st ever Italian World Cup Gold medal in Hungary last month. In addition to those 2, Italy also boasts Champion of Champions Champion Pierpaolo Pietroni who is due for a big performance and always performs well at home.
Top athletes Thomas Daniel (AUT), David Svoboda (CZE) and Justinas Kinderis (LTU) all need a strong perofmance at these World Championships as they desperately points to qualify for the Olympic games with their qualification not yet secure. Tomorrow will be the perfect time to run into form and gain confidence for a career defining performance on Sunday.
Follow how all the men perform by following all the live results on Pentathlon.org from 9am tomorrow morning.