Today we look at the Belarus & Latvia.
Anastasiya Prokopenko is experiencing a great season and what is looking good can get even better since the season is not over and the awaited Olympic Games are coming. She collected two medals in World Cups this season, peaking at Rostov World Cup #4 in Russia, where she was the winner.
If she lacked some consistency through the season, with some disappointing results mixed with the podium results and an encouraging 7th place at World Championships, she also showed that when she is in an inspired day she can be a threat to the best ranked athletes and sure the handicap start of combined event will show her chances in the Games, since combined event is her best discipline.
Prokopenko is the country’s best medal prospect in modern pentathlon, and there are three other athletes in the field.Hanna Vasilionak clinched one of the last spots for the Games, and this might give her motivation to make a good show. Stanislas Zhurauliou showed a good progression through the World Cups this season, culminating with a silver medal in Rostov. His teammate Dzimitry Meliakh is attending his third Olympic Games and is hoping to have a glimpse of his best days, when he was one of the best in the world.
Veterans Elena Rublevska and Deniss Cerkovskis will make their fourth Olympic appearance, which means they are the only pentathletes in London who attended Sydney 200 Games and only four time Olympians in the field.
This way, Rublevska competed at every women’s modern pentathlon Olympic competition since it was introduced in 2000 Games and won a silver medal at 2004 Athens Games, in which Cerkovskis finished fourth.
While most of their contemporaneous have already retired, they managed to stay in the elite group showing a challenging sport with multiple disciplines that demand different skills can be balanced for all professionals in seniors circuit. They will count on the experience and good form in order to make a good competition like in the Greek Games.