12 nations battled it out in the World Cup #3 Mixed Relay at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Chengdu yesterday with Korean pair Soojin Yang and Woojing Hwang taking gold on a day that had seen them dominant in the fence and victorious in the swim.
Hwang and Yang were sensational right from the onset as they teamed up to great effect on the pistes to move top of the leaderboard after one event. Complimenting each other perfectly, 31 bouts won with the epee saw them move to the pool with an impressive haul of 250 points.
In the water this fine form continued, with 1:58.78 clocked in the 200m freestyle relay, cementing their position at the top of the charts.
A solid ride ensured a further 263 points were added to their total as the placed themselves firmly in the starting position in the combined. With a comfortable head start on the chasing pack, the Koreans did the business in the run/shoot to win gold.
Silver went to Belarus’ Tatsiana Yelizarova and Stanislau Zhurauliou with their composure at the range making the difference in the last event of the day. They had earlier come second in the fence, fourth in the swim and fifth in the ride.
Xioanan Zhang and Haihang Su of China gave the home crowd something to cheer about as they brought home the bronze. Poland were fourth as Kazakhstan ended their campaign in fifth overall.