Their 988 points in the fence had installed them as early favourites and after a quick swim, timed at 1:54:31, Marosi and Gyenesei were confident going into the ride. After both excelling on the horse, Gyenesei started over half a minute ahead the pack in the combined, and all the pair had to do was keep calm and composed. Smooth in the running and accurate with the pistol, they made no mistakes, crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of their nearest challengers to be crowned champions.
Marosi declared, “We are very happy”, before Gyenesei added, “Maybe there was a little bit more pressure because we were in our home country so we were a little bit more nervous, but it was ok”.
A sensational burst of speed by Ukraine’s Ruslan Nakonechnyi ensured he and Victoria Tereshuk snatched silver from Katarzina Wojcik and Szymon Staskiewicz of Poland right on the finish line.
USA’s Margaux Isaksen and Dennis Bowsher capped a fine day with fourth place whilst Belarusian pair Yelizarova and Tsikhanau and the day’s best fencers from Latvia Elena Rublevska and Deniss Cerkovskis came fifth and sixth respectively.
The quickest in the pool, Mina Jeong and Woojin Hwang of South Korea, finished twelfth after struggling in both the ride and combined. Another Asian pair, Japan’s Shino Yamanaka and Tomoya Miguchi were the top riders but ended the day ninth.
The focus and attention of the world’s best pentathletes will now turn to the World Cup Final in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, from 31 May to 2 June 2013.