Battling closely with Woojin Lee of Korea and local hope Gergely Demeter in the ultimate event of the day, Pavluyk’s composed shooting gave him a vital leading going into the last lap of the course. He then left no chance to his pursuers as he raced to the finish line in the third fastest time overall, clocked at 11:57:17.
Demeter looked as though that he would go on to win midway through the course but Pavlyuk was too strong in the latter stages and did not put a foot wrong. The Hungarian had to settle for a silver. His performance and those of his teammates also earned his country the Team Trophy.
The diminutive Lee was neck and neck with the front two until the last round of shooting and in the end finished with a bronze medal. He claimed a second bronze in the team rankings with his Korean teammates finishing 9th and 22nd overall.
Ilya Shugarov, who had won the fence and come into the combined in pole, was out of sorts in the shooting range, unable to find his aim, he was instantly dropped by the first five and he never recovered, finishing in 23rd position. His disappointment was offset however by taking silver as part of the Russian team.
Great Britain’s Joe Evans, timed at 1:59:50 in the 50m pool was nowhere near his best in the combined and finished seventh overall. Vladislav Mishchenko of Ukraine was fourth with Russian duo Oleg Naumov and Kirill Beliakov ending the day fifth and sixth respectively.
The fastest man in the combined was last year’s champion Valentin Belaud from France, but after a poor swim and a disastrous equestrian event, he finished 21st overall.