POSTED: Saturday May 26th 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) has blown the field away to win the World Cup Final gold and become the new World #1 in Chengdu, China.
The mother of one beat the fast finishing Beijing silver medallist Heather Fell (GBR) who won an emotional silver and Yane Marques showed her fitness to beat 3 other girls in a final 50 metres sprint to claim bronze.
"I am so happy to win my first gold medal of the year" stated the Lithuanian. "I had a perfect day, I fenced better than I usually do, rode really well and the combined is my strongest event so I knew I had the gold after the first few shots. I am really happy!" concluded Asadauskaite.
Heather Fell's silver medal was bitter sweet, as whatever she finished was never going to be enough to get into the British Olympic team. "I have massive mixed emotions after what happened at World's. I didn't really do anything amazing today apart from my run and shoot which was satisfying.
This is good for me as I didn't believe in myself anymore. I wanted to do this for everyone at home. At least now I can say I did something big on the world stage this year" stated the 29 year old.
Marques was involved in a fierce battle with 3 other Pentathletes in the final 1000 metres, but her vastly improved running meant she had enough to win her 2nd World Cup Final medal (Marques won silver in 2009). "For sure I am really happy" stated the Brazilian.
"I did my best fencing today, but I did not swim very well. In the riding I did not like my horse but still did ok. In the combined I ran really well and shot really bad, which is usually the opposite for me. In the last 400 metres I really wanted to go fast to get a medal and thankfully it was enough. Now I need to keep training hard for the London Olympics."
One of the girls in the battle for 3rd was Annika Schleu (GER) who had to settle for 4th. However this will be the most satisfying 4th place of her career as puts her in the driving seat for Olympic selection within the strong German team.
Sylvia Gawlikowska (POL) and Soo Jin Yang (KOR) were the other 2 girls pushing for bronze, but they exerted too much energy in the 1st 2 running legs and had to settle for 5th and 6th respectively.
Many of the Pentathletes now face a very nervous 5 days, as they have to wait until 1 June, to find out if they have won one of the priceless World Ranking Olympic Qualification spots, as this was the last event that they can gain points.
A new 15 shot world record from Gintare Venckauskaite (LTU) of 28.73 seconds (9.58 / 9.14 / 10.01) was not enough for her not to finish last after a disappointing ride, however she can hold her head up high, leaving China with a bit of history.
Tomorrow sees the best 36 men from the 2012 World Cup Series battle it out to join Laura Asadauskaite as the 2012 World Cup Final Champion. Follow all the action on Pentathlon TV's live webcast from 9am local time (+8 GMT) on Pentathlon.org.
Name: Matt Pound
Organization: Union Internationale De Pentathlon Moderne - UIPM
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