Clouvel was simply too good for the rest and beat a fast finishing Ekaterina Khuriskina (RUS) who moved from 16th position to clinch silver just ahead of Australian Chole Esposito who shocked everyone to win her 1st World Cup Series medal in just her 6th World Cup.
The 22 year old Frenchwomen started off the day in fine fashion coming 5th in the fencing, which she considers her weakest discipline. This was followed by a lightning fast swim which was 4 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. A perfect ride followed, which meant she started first in the combined event, where she never looked back to win a confidence boosting gold medal.
“It is fantastic, I am very very happy, it was my day” stated Clouvel, who narrowly missed out on a 200m freestyle spot on the French team at the Beijing Olympics. “I had a good feeling in the run and I was very fast” continued Clouvel when asked how she overtook her team mate and triple world champion Amelie Caze (FRA) who ended up finishing 10th overall.
Clouvel finished off by saying “I have been only doing Modern Pentathlon for 3 years, it is a dream come true to win this gold, I love Modern Pentathlon” Check out the full interview below.
Khuriskina who won World Cup #4 last year stated: “I am definitely very happy. I did not start the day well in the fencing because I had troubles with my leg and then I did not swim well ether. So, I thought my day was over before the combined, but then I did amazing, I shot so well and ran so fast which I am surprised.
Esposito stated after she made her country proud with an inspired performance which has shocked the sport: “I am so surprised, I have been training hard for the past 5 months and it has really paid off. The more experience I have got has really helped. I fenced well today, I am normally near the bottom of the field, but I was higher up today which helped. I was really happy with my combined event, which helped me win bronze.”
African Champion Aya Medany (EGY), local hero Yane Marques (BRA) and Eva Trautmann (GER) rounded out the top 6.
Stay tuned for all the Men’s World Cup #2 final action tomorrow on Pentathlon.org.