After dominating in the fence, the Russian pair never relinquished their lead on the final day of competition. They placed ninth in the swim before coming fifth in the ride, allowing Khuraskina to start ahead of the pack in the combined event. Some quality shooting saw her handover to Lesun well ahead of the rest of the field, giving the World’s top ranked male athlete the perfect platform with which to claim gold for the both of them.
Khuraskina told us afterwards, “We are really good friends away from competition so we enjoy the Mixed Relay together. Aleksander really motivates me. We have great support from our coach so we have really good team spirit. Winning in Rio is great.”
The fastest swimmers, with a time of 1:56:20, Ukraine’s 2011 World Champion Victoria Tereshuk and Ruslan Nakonechnyi finished second. Their time in the combined was almost 30 seconds faster than the winners however they gave themselves too much to do after coming thirteenth in the riding event.
The bronze medal went to veteran Latvian duo of Elena Rublevska and yesterday Men’s Final silver medallist Denis Cerkovskis with their near-flawless performance on the horses seeing them start in second place. Fourth place then went to the Lithuanian pair of Gintare Venckauskaite and Paulius Aleksandravicius after a blistering time of 11:34.30 in the combined event.
Belarus’ Katsiaryna Arol and Stanislou Zhurauliou were fifth whilst Claudia Knack and Stefan Kollner from Germany came sixth.
The focus now shifts to World Cup #3 from 17-24 April in Chengdu, China.
For full details of the results, click HERE