Another scintillating performance by Poland’s in-form Oktawia Nowacka saw her claim a well-deserved gold in the women’s event at the World Cup Final in Sarasota, USA. Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite took silver after coming from way back on the combined starting grid whilst bronze went to Qian Chen.
The day had began with Viktoria Tershuk winning the fence but the experience Ukrainian was eliminated in the ride and found herself way down at the start of the combined. This played in the hands in her pursuers as she was looking strong following a seventh place in the swim.
Nowacka was the model of consistency, two silvers and one gold already this year on the World Cup Series circuit, had her as one of the early favourites, and she did not disappoint, coming 11th in the fence and 5th in the swim to put herself right in the mix for honours.
A solid ride, with only two knockdowns, saw her primed for victory, confident at the range and swift around the course, she made no mistake in the combined to take the winner’s trophy in style.
Great Britain’s Kate French was another who excelled, recording her best ever finish and an international UIPM event with 4th place. 2008 Beijing Olympic Champion Lena Schoneborn was 5th with Ekaterina Khuraskina of Russia 6th.
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