POSTED: Wednesday September 14th 2011

Hungary are the New Men's Relay Modern Pentathlon World Champions

The Russians Started the Day in Great Form
The Russians Started the Day in Great Form

Marosi tagging Tibolya for the run
Marosi tagging Tibolya for the run

Kasza Crossing the finishing line for gold
Kasza Crossing the finishing line for gold

The Hungarian men's relay team have repeated the performance of the Hungarian women's team yesterday by becoming relay world champions.

They team of Adam Marosi, Robert Kasza and Peter Tibolya won the gold easily in the end, ahead of a classy Korean team represented by Choon-Huan Lee, Woojin Hwang and Jinwoo Hong who grabbed silver. The Ukrainian team of Pavlo Kirpulyanskyy, Oleksandr Mordasov and Pavlo Kirpulyanskyy fought hard to win bronze.

Hungary started the day strongly as they fenced well to finish 2nd ahead of the seemingly unbeatable Russian team of World Champion Andrei Moiseev, World #1 Aleksander Lesun and Ilia Frolov who finished 4th in the individuals.

The European relay champions had a solid swim to finish 6th, behind a super-fast British team that included swimming world record holder Jamie Cooke.

A near flawless ride, mixed with Russia's dismal ride which put them out of contention, meant that the Hungarians started 1st in the combined event. From here their lead only grew as the stormed to a unforgettable gold.

Marosi, who added this gold to the bronze he won in the individuals said: "Our quality all day was very high, especially in riding which was the key for our victory today." Peter Tibolya kept his cool in the shooting in a very tense situation and he excelled: "I knew I could do it, as I have been focusing a lot on my shooting. Adam did fantastic on the 1st leg as he is very fast. We worked great as a team which was vital to our victory today."

The World Cup Final Champion Robert Kasza was ecstatic with his 1st World Championships gold medal: "Our team is perfect, when one of us did a mistake the other 2 covered for it. Adam (Marosi) and Peter (Tibolya) were unbelievable in the combined, all I had to do is shot well and the gold was ours."

Hong who managed to hold off a fast finishing Ukraine for the silver medal said: "I just needed to stay calm in the final 2 shoots, I know I am a good shooter and I showed it. I am glad I could do it under this pressure. It is a big honour for us as a team to win a World Championships medal for our country."

"Silver is a dream" said the 2004 World Championship silver medalist Lee "but I am disappointed not to get gold as I was so close to getting gold in 2004, which was also in Moscow. My team mates were amazing and I hope next time the gold will be ours."

The Ukrainian team's bronze medal was the 4th for Ukraine after Victoria Tereshuk won the individual gold, and helped her team to mixed relay gold and women's relay bronze. Kirpulyanskyy stated: "We are very happy with bronze. We just missed out on a European medal this year, but a World Championships medal is much better."

Tymoschenko who had the responsibility of leading the team home said: "I just tried to stay focused in the combined. I saw the Korean's ahead of me, but I did not shoot well enough to catch them. Overall we had a solid day. Mordasov fences brilliantly to give us a perfect start to the day".

This brings the end to the 51st Modern Pentathlon World Championships. The UIPM flag has now been handed over to the 2012 hosts Rome, Italy for the next edition of the World Championships.

UIPM Secretary General declared: "These Championships went incredibly smoothly in an unbelievable facility. This is a credit to the Russian organising committee led by President Aminov, who always organise exceptional events. The precision laser targets added some extra quality to the event and were very well received. We now look forward to Rome 2012."

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · World Championships · Moscow · Russia · Fence · Run · Swim · Ride · Shoot · London · 2012 · Adam Marosi · Peter Tibolya · Robert Kasza · Hungary

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