Blagoy Dimitrov from Bulgaria and South Korea’s Jinhwa Jung were the outstanding individuals with the epée as both recorded 22 wins apiece to claim 1000 points each whilst Ukraine’s Pavo Tymoshchenko came third in the first event of the day in Group A. The fastest man in the pool was China’s Changliang Yu with a time of 2:02:78 but after coming sixteenth in the fence, he was way back at the start of the combined.
The quickest man around the course in that Group was Mexican revelation Ismael Hernandez Uscanda with his impressive time of 11:49:58, a good 17 seconds faster than any other, which in the end saw him cross the finish line fourth overall. The final sprint by Chinese trio Hepeng Wu, Zhenwu Zhang and Tong Jin had them finish first, second and third respectively. World #1 Aleksandr Lesun from Russia looked comfortable as he placed sixth, just behind Tymoshchenko.
It came as no surprise to see Nick Woodbridge record the only sub-2mins of the day in the pool with the 2012 Olympian finishing just ahead of his compatriot Joseph Evans for a Great Britain one-two in the first event of the day in Group B. Ukraine’s Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy was then in sublime form on the pistes with the 20-year-old claiming 1112 points after winning 26 bouts out from 32.
An inspired run and shoot by Zhaohong Cai saw the Chinese starlet incredibly finish first after the combined. Ireland’s was the one though who caught the eye by coming seventh in the pool then ninth in the fence before finishing the day second overall. France’s Valentin Belaud, the second best fencer in Group B, ended the combined in third with Yasser Hefny from Egypt placing fourth and Kazak Pavel Ilyashenko making up the top five.
The Men now return for the Final on Saturday with the field wide open. Who will be crowned champion in Chengdu? You will be able to watch the riding and combined events LIVE on UIPM TV. Don’t miss it.
Full results can be viewed HERE