This three-day competition with see the biggest stars of the international stage battling it for one of the most coveted prizes in modern pentathlon.
With pride and honour very much at stake in Russia, expect it to be closely fought in each of the five disciplines. With no Qualifying events, one mistake at this level could prove fatal. All the athletes will need to be on top of their games right from the off if they harbour any hope of challenging for gold.
Guest of honour for the press conference, National hero Andrey Moiseev, who remains to this day one of only two pentathletes in the world to ever defend their Olympic title, was delighted to be able to talk to the press without the pressure of having to perform.
The living Russian legend stating he was very much looking forward to real close Final before praising the unpredictability and high level of competitiveness, “This season has shown great results for many athletes, all very close at the end. It has been good time for me, not competing, to observe the others. With the best in the world all here in Nizhny Novgorod for this Final, I know we will get a very good show.”
UIPM Sports Director Janusz Peciak, declared, “For the athletes, just getting here is a very good result for them. It has been a tough season. You could never say who was going to win. It has been a good show and good advertisement for our sport. Everything is now in place for the athletes to reach their best levels in this competition.”
Viktor Kharitonov, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs for the Nizhny Novgorod Region, added, “We are happy to have this great competition in Nizhny Novgorod, it is a great city to welcome great athletes.”
Tatiana Ardabieva, the Secretary General of the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation, instrumental in bringing this event to the picturesque city, stated, “The Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation and the city of Nizhny Novgorod have worked very hard to stage such a prestigious event and we are very happy that all the athletes are finally here and ready to begin.”
There was also a last-minute change to the Women’s line-up with Lithuania’s Lina Batuleviciute coming in for Oktawia Nowacka with the Polish star having to withdraw through illness.