Starting from fourth position in the combined, Zsofia Foldhazi was neck and neck with Ukraine’s Anastasiya Spas all the way through the course, and with the two profiting from a time penalty to the leader Gloria Tocchi, they overtook the Italian following in final round of shooting. Clearly lifted by a partisan crowd in the last stretch, Foldhazi found the reserves for a final push to surge past Spas in the last few metres to cross the finish line and win gold. The Hungarian had earlier placed ninth in the fence, third in the pool before recording a perfect score in the ride.
Foldhazi, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist, was clearly moved, as she was crowned in front of her friends and family. She told us, “To win this title in Hungary made me really emotional”.
Spas, who had been so strong all day, clearly demonstrated her unquestionable potential with a well-deserved silver after crossing the line five seconds behind Foldhazi. Tocchi, who began the combined in pole position after winning the fence, coming seventh in the swim and also claiming maximum points in the ride, had to settle for bronze after the nerves got to her in the final stages and she was handed a time penalty before the final round of shooting.
The day’s best swimmer, Great Britain’s Alice Fitton’s, was wayward with the pistol and struggled to hit the target, which saw her lose touch with the main contenders early on. After starting the combined in second position, in the end she finished in ninth.
Mina Jeong of Korea was another to impress, solid all day, she finished only 20 seconds behind the winner and her coach was delighted to see her end the competition fourth overall.
Mexico’s Tamara Vega recorded the third fastest time in the combined and came in fifth place. With her compatriots Mayan Oliver coming in tenth position and Mariana Arceo adding 1640 points to their total, Mexico took the team gold, ahead of Italy and Poland.
The French duo of Adele Stern and Pulcherie Delhalle came in seventh and eighth respectively in the individual table, just behind Lithuania’s Karolina Guzauskaite, but with their teammate Julie Belhamri struggling with an injury, they missed out on a podium finish.
Sunday now sees the Men battle it out in their Final