The biggest prize today was that of Olympic Qualification. The top 5 placed men all earned the right to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games. These were:
- Jin-Woo Hong (KOR)
- Zhongrong Cao (CHN)
- Jinhwa Jung (KOR)
- Shinichi Tomii (JPN)
- Guan Wang (CHN)
Yang Liu (AUS) was dramatically disqualified for breaking shooting rules which meant Edward Fernon was the highest ranked Oceanian athlete finishing so he clinches the one and only Oceanian position for the London Olympics.
Hong had a consistent day finishing with a crisp 1000 points in the fencing which was good enough for 4th position behind Hayato Noguchi (JPN) who produced a fantastic fencing performance for 1064 points. Hong then dropped down the leaders board managing only 10th place in the swim behind silver medallist Cao.
The key to Hong’s gold medal was his flawless ride of 1200 points with his main rival Cao not able to match this with a disappointing score of 1100. This 100 points ended up being the difference as Hong managed to overhaul Cao in the combined event for an historic gold.
Full results can be found here: http://pentathlon.org/results/competition-results/results/pentathlon/861-asia-oceania-championships/senior/men/final.