Vega out ran and out shot her more fancied opponents Anastaysia Spas (UKR) and Zsofia Foldhazi (HUN) who had to settle for silver and bronze respectively in an all Youth Olympic Games top 3.
Vega had a dream day after sitting in 8th position overnight after a solid swim. The Mexican finished 12th in the fence which meant she started in 6th position in the combined event.
After the first run and shoot, it looked like it was going to be a battle between Spas and Foldhazi for the gold who started 1st and 2nd in the combined event. However a near flawless final 2 shoots and some inspired running ensured the gold went to Vega.
Vega, who has already had success on the senior stage with a silver medal performance at the 2011 Pan American Championships said: “I am very very happy. I wanted a medal so much and I got gold, I couldn’t be happier as it is my 1st big international medal. My next goal is to perform well at the Pan American Games where I hope to qualify for the Olympic Games.”
The 2010 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Relay Champion, Spas stated: “I have been training hard and I really wanted to win a medal here, so silver makes me very happy. I fenced very well which I am pleased with, but my shooting let me down.”
2010 Youth A World Champion who has now relinquished her crown Foldhazi: “I am tired because I am working with the Junior team and we are doing hard camps for the big upcoming junior event. I think this was the reason to why I did not win gold today which I am a little disappointed. However, bronze still makes the competition a huge success. I have enjoyed the competition a lot.
Swimming was my best discipline as I won it. I did not shoot well at all and had a poor run due to my tiredness.”
Vega helped Mexico to the teams gold medal. Silver went to Ukraine and bronze to Lithuania.
The athletes now have the pleasure of taking part in a cultural day in the historic city of Istanbul tomorrow where they will learn about the Turkish society and traditions. Then they return to battle for relay supremacy on Sunday with the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed relays all being conducted.