With such an impressive lead, the fledgling talent stayed composed in the final event of the day to claim a sublime victory that will long be remembered. Although her shooting was a bit wayward, her lead was just so large that she was untroubled and deservedly took the title. She will now be one of the favourites for honours at the Junior World Championships in Hungary next month.
Silver went to Russian rising star Anastasia Bugrina, with the 20-year-old having placed second in the fence, with 27 bouts won, 15th in the pool, and having taken 1196 points in the equestrian event. Her time of 13:06:07 was enough for her the finish line comfortably in second place.
Anastasia Spas from Ukraine, who came second in this event last year, could not repeat her 2012 performance and had to settle for bronze. A fast swim at 2:11:96, added to her fifth place with the epée, had her in contention for gold with two events to go but her ride was not on a par with her direct opponents and she began the combined with a big handicap. After struggling in the combined, she was happy to be on the podium at the end.
Gloria Tocchi of Italy was fourth, having excelled in the morning fence, whilst Lithuania’s Ieva Serapinaite and Anna Maliszewska from Poland were fifth and sixth respectively, in what turned out to be an unpredictable day of competition.
The day’s best swimmer, clocked at a time of 2:10:48, and one of the competition favourites, Zsofia Foldhazi of Hungary, suffered a terrible ride and although she was quick in the combined, she finished in tenth. Gulnaz Gubaydullina’s twelfth position then ensured Russia won the team trophy.