Head and shoulders above the rest on the pistes, with Arol only recording two defeats, their total of 27 wins gave them an impressive haul 1052 points in the first event of the day. Sublime with the epée, a fifth time in the pool then kept them in the lead going into the ride. On the horses, only a time penalty stopped them from having a perfect score but another excellent showing in the third discipline ensured they would start the combined 38 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. From there, all they had to do was stay calm. Arol began well and breezed through her two laps, Zeliankevich’s shooting was not perfect but he ran fast and their advantage was so great that he could comfortably finish ahead.
The Korean duo of Mina Jeong and Woojin Lee took silver after coming third in the fence, second in the pool and fifth overall in the ride. Russia’s Gulnaz Gubaydullina and Kirill Beliakov, the fastest swimmers, with an impressive time of 1:54:52, were the bronze medallists.
France’s Adele Stern and Arthur Boube were fourth whilst Lithuania duo Gintare Venckauskaite and Lukas Kontrimavicius made up the top five.