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Ukranian pair clinch the Mixed Relay Pentatholon World Championship
The Ukrainian pair of Victoria Tereshuk and Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy have clinched the Mixed Relay World Championship title here in Moscow Russia.
The Ukrainian’s were simply too good for the rest. Russia, represented by Evdokia Gretchichnikova and Serguei Karyakin and the Lithuanian pair of Justinas Kinderis and Laura Asadauskaite had to settle for silver and bronze respectively.
The Ukrainians started the day well by finishing 3rd in the fencing behind Russia and Lithuania. Their swim was their key to victory, blowing the field away with a time of 1:53.73 which was 3 seconds ahead of their rivals. A near perfect ride saw them start 1st in the combined event. Precision shooting and powerful running by both Tereshuk and Kirpulyanskyy meant that no other team got close to them and they became the 2nd ever Mixed Relay World Champions.
Tereshuk, who now has 2 gold medals from as many starts as she became the Women’s World Champion on Saturday stated: This is a dream come true to win 2 World Championship titles in 3 days, me and Dmytro were a very good team, I now have the Women’s relay tomorrow to make it 3 gold medals!” Her partner Kirpulyanskyy stated: “I am very happy, it was a great way to finish the season. It helped a lot having the World Champion as my partner, she was fantastic. The mixed relay is a lot of fun, as everyone gets to integrate and help each other.”
2010 World Champion Serguei Karyakin was very happy to claim his 2nd World Championship medal: “It was very difficult to back up from yesterday’s final, but I am glad I did. This medal is very satisfying and a reward for all my hard work. It was clear today that Ukraine was the best team and congratulations to them.” Gretchichnikova added: “We had a lot of fun, we kept each other relaxed which helped a lot. I love the Mixed Relay and I can’t wait for another one!”
Kinderis who was still recovering mentally from his disappointing result yesterday said: “I was really flat at the start of the day. Laura’s (Asadauskaite) energy really picked me up and that’s why I fenced so well. In the final run I started 4th, there was no way I was not going to overtake the man in front of me Sam Sacksen (USA) to get the bronze as I needed a medal to take home from these championships. The Mixed Relay is really interesting, it is much more exciting than the individual event.”
Sam Sacksen (USA) on route to 4th place broke the world shooting record for 5 shots, which he did in a remarkable 9.03 seconds. The 25 year old stated after creating his own bit of history: “I am shocked by this, I have done this in training, but never in competition.”
The 2nd Mixed Relay World Championships was a big success. UIPM Secretary General said after the event: “Since the Mixed Relay was introduced at the Youth Olympic Game and on a senior level at the 2010 World Championships, it’s growing rapidly. The fans like it as it is fast and exciting and the athletes love competing with a team mate they don’t normally get to compete with and the spirit and collaboration that is created between athletes if fantastic. We believe this would be the perfect addition to our Olympic programme and we are pushing for its inclusion in Rio 2016.”