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Hungary Claim Women's Relay Pentathlon World Championships Title
Hungary, represented by Leila Gyenesei, Adrienn Toth and Sarolta Kovacs have showed their class to become the Women Relay World Champions for the 2nd time here in Moscow, Russia.
Hungary were simply too good for a fast finishing German team of Lena Schoneborn, Eva Trautmann and Annika Schleu who won silver and Ukraine represented by Victoria Tereshuk, Ganna Buriak and Nataliia Levchenko who came from nowhere in the win the bronze.
The Hungarian team started slowly in the fencing, but they soon gained momentum to finish 4th behind the Czech team. The European Champions then rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with a scorching swim, 3 seconds ahead of the rest. A less than perfect ride brought them back down the field going into the combined event. In the combined event the Hungarians shot nervously at times, but did enough to cross the finishing line well ahead of Germany.
The young Hungarian team are now building a lasting legacy in the Women’s Relay’s as they now have 2 European Championships and 2 World Championships to their name. “Junior World Champion Kovacs said: We want to create history with this team, we are so young and have already had so much success.” Toth who had the responsibility of running last and had a fast finishing Schoneborn behind her said: “All I was thinking is that I had to shoot brilliantly. Lena (Schoneborn) is so fast and I knew I could not beat her in the run. So luckily I shot better than her which ensured us a memorable gold.”
Germany started 5th in the combined event 40 seconds behind Hungary. Combined event speedster Trautmann put them back into contention and Schoneborn finished the job. Trautmann said: “I knew I had to run fast to catch up to the girls in front of me and I managed to do that. I am very happy with the silver medal to go with the team gold we won on Saturday.” Schleu thought their fencing performance was the key to 2nd place: “We fenced really well today, which gave us a great start to the day.”
When Schoneborn started running she was 25 seconds behind Toth: “I still thought I had a chance” said the Olympic Champion. “I tried not to think too much about it, my 1st shoot was fine and I got close to Adrienn (Toth). However my 2nd shoot was a disaster which gave us no chance at the gold.”
Ukraine’s Tereshuk had an inspired last run to add a bronze medal to her individual and mixed relay gold’s. The mother of one said after the event: “When I started my part of the combined event I thought I had no chance of getting into the medal positions. But at my last shoot I saw the girls in front of me struggling. I managed to shoot well and then run Ukraine into 3rd place. I am very happy for my team mates as they are competing in their 1st senior World Championships and this means everything to them. This has been a perfect World Championships for me.”