The Russian pair of Ekaterina Vdovenko & Oleg Naumov were simply too good for the rest in the windy and cold conditions.
The Russians stated after their historical gold: "We are very happy to win this medal. We are both from the same city Samara and we trained together with the goal to come and win. And we did it. We started with a very good fencing and this gave us confidence. Our swimming was not the best but we started the combined with a good difference from the second. It is our last year in Youth A and it was great to win a gold medal in Mixed Relay."
Great Britain represented by Eilidh Prise & European Youth A Champion Joseph Choong produced a fantastic combined event to take bronze despite starting in 5th position ahead of a the fading Tatsiana Rahachova & Ilya Palazkov from Belarus.
The Great Britain trio stated: "After the 2 sports in the morning and starting in 5th place in the combined event the silver medal was a great success. We did both a very good combined event and we could finally win silver medal. It was a good day… finally"
The exhausted Belrussian's said after the ceremony: "It was a difficult day for us… the medal did not come easy! But it was a great experience for us as we both will compete again next year where we want to win the gold. We trained together for this mixed relay and we support each other in training and competition. We were happy to be on the podium and see our National flag raising up"
Russia took the confidence from seeing their women win gold yesterday and stormed out of the blocks in the fencing, recording 26 fencing victories and only losing 8 which left them 4 ahead of their Belarussian rivals.
The Russians showed in the pool that they were not just talented fencers, but talented swimmers as well posting the 2nd quickest time of the day. This swim consolidated their lead at the top of the leaders board to start a massive 30 seconds ahead of Belarus in the combined event.
This lead was never seriously challenged by the very accomplished Russian pair and they strolled home to victory 22 seconds ahead of Great Britain who were the most impressive performers in the combined event sprinting to silver from 5th place to easily beat the bronze medallists Belarus who struggled in the run and shoot but were propped up by the points earned in the other 2 disciplines.