Today we look at Lithuania & Hungary:
Lithuania won 5 medals in last Olympic Games (2008 Beijing) and none of them was gold. Two of them came from modern pentathlon, as Edvinas Krungolcas and Andrejus Zadneprovskis were silver and bronze, respectively.
The country will send 3 pentathletes to London, and this time it’s likely they get another medal and contribute to the country’s overall performance in the Games. Laura Asadauskaite is the current leader of the women’s ranking and is showing great form this season, by winning both the World Cup Final and European Championships. After a season off in 2010 due to pregnancy and then baby care, when she was world #1, she regained her position in quick time coming from unranked to world leader.
Married to Zadneprovskis, winner of two Olympic medals, Asadauskaite is in good conditions of winning her own medal. She is going to start the competition with her colleague Gintaire Venckauskaite, who claimed one of the last Olympic spots but wants to cross the finish line in a position far from the bottom. In the men’s competition, Justinas Kinderis is the sole representant this edition and if he can show a good shape like some months ago, can be a serious threat to the favourites.
A traditional country in modern pentathlon, Hungary will send four pentathletes to make their first Olympic appearance. In last Olympic Games, Hungary sent a delegation composed mostly by veterans like Vörös, Balogh and Horvath alongside with Leila Gyenesei.
While the veterans have retired in this meanwhile, Gyenesei didn’t make the team despite being eligible. The strong Hungarian team will be looking for adding new medals to the country’s large medal collection in Olympics. The men will be represented by 2009 world champion Adam Marosi and by Robert Kasza, who was the winner of 2011 World Cup Final – both athletes have actually two World Cup Final titles in their names.
Kasza faced an injury recently but his good display at European Championships held this year in Sofia, Bulgaria, by finishing in second place, is highly encouraging. Marosi is having a poor season for his standards but will try to show he can peak at the right time. The women team will be represented by a pair of young pentathletes, however quite experienced already in senior circuit. Sarolta Kovacs, double Junior World Champion and silver medal at 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, and Adrienn Toth, who placed second at last year’s European Championships in Medway, Great Britain, are expected to be in contention for a medal in London.