POSTED: Saturday April 21st 2012
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Anastasiya Prokopenko (BLR) has once again shown her ability to come from behind with a stunning victory at Modern Pentathlon World Cup #4 in Rostov, Russia.
Starting the combined event back in 11th her speed over the ground and accuracy with a pistol were simply too good for the others in this Final. Prokopenko's day had started well; 23 victories and top spot in the fencing. She achieved the victory in spite of a back injury and losing a lot of ground on her rivals in the swim.
"Today my back is sore but my passion got me through," she said. "My shooting has been good in training and I really believed in it today. I am very happy."
Silver went to current World Champion Victoria Tereshuk (UKR), who overhauled Samantha Murray (GBR) on the final lap of the run. Tereshuk's training has been hampered by a foot injury which has meant she hasn't been able to put the shooting and running together away from competition. And ominously for her rivals, she said after finishing today's race that she believed she would be in even better form at the upcoming World Championships.
Murray was very disappointed not to have held on for silver, but she could see the positives after a consistent performance gave her a slender advantage going into the final event.
"It is a great performance, she said. "My first world cup medal. My running is normally better but today I didn't have it in my legs."
She acknowledged that having two such fast runners chasing her down could have affected her shooting: "When I was shooting that was on my mind."
Murray is among those athletes facing a tough battle against her own team mates to secure a spot at the London 2012 Olympics. A maximum of two places is on offer for each nation and today Britain had three finishers in the first 11. Despite her medal today, Murray still feels she has it all to do.
"I don't think this changes it a lot," she said. "It is all still to play for."
A crowd of several thousand came along to Rostov's hippodrome for this the first World Cup event the city has hosted. Even more are expected tomorrow when local hero Andrei Moiseev will be going for Gold. While there were no Russian medals to celebrate today, UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann, felt the local fans had done themselves proud.
He said: "Bringing the World Cup to Rostov is a fitting tribute to the great history of this city where our sport is really welcomed and of course to one of our most fabulous athletes, Moiseev.
"As we can see by the big audience," he goes on. "People in Rostov see the World Cup as a real highlight for their city. They know sport and they love sport and they have shown excellent and respectful support for all the athletes, not just the Russians.
"I see exciting possibilities for our sport and this city in the future."
Name: Matt Pound
Organization: Union Internationale De Pentathlon Moderne - UIPM
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