The air was thick with nostalgia as Adam Marosi of Hungary claimed his first individual gold medal in six years at UIPM 2020 Pentathlon World Cup Cairo. The 35-year-old, who won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games three years after becoming world champion in the British capital city, had been waiting since 2014 to stand atop the Pentathlon World Cup podium and he let out a huge roar of relief before receiving his medal.
Speaking with a huge grin before the medal ceremony, Marosi (HUN) said: “It’s a brilliant end to a brilliant day. I had a hard semi-final because my Fencing was very, very bad and I tried to focus on preparing for the Fencing today, and it was amazing. I’m a little bit sad about my Riding performance, but finally I’ve won again and it feels great! My last World Cup victory was in 2014 in Kecskemet in my home country, and that’s a very, very long to wait – six years.”
Marosi (HUN) fenced brilliantly to give himself a 25sec lead in the Laser Run, which he defended with four nerveless shoots and steady running. Finally he won by a comfortable 10sec from silver medallist Jun Woongtae of Korea, who did well to keep himself clear of an epic battle for bronze.
Reigning world champion Valentin Belaud of France had seemed destined to claim a place on the podium, but his shooting accuracy left him on the final visit to the range and a 23sec shoot enabled others to leave him behind.
A thrilling sprint to the line was ultimately won by Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Ireland, who finished 3sec ahead of Marvin Dogue of Germany with Alexander Lifanov of Russia and Justinas Kinderis of Lithuania taking 5th and 6th place respectively.
O’Keeffe seemed to be really happy with today’s result in terms of being prepared for Tokyo 2020. O’Keeffe added, “I am really happy with that. I put in a really big block of training over the winter and I felt really fit out there today. I hope now I can continue for the rest of the season on this trajectory.
“My swimming was actually about six seconds slower than usual, but that’s because I really concentrated my training on running and fencing over the winter, and it paid dividends. It feels really good.”
In terms of the individual results in the various sports, there a few great performances worth highlighting. Myles Pillage of Great Britain set the pace in the pool with a time of 1min 58.40 seconds. Marosi (HUN) confirmed his return to form in the fencing. The veteran scored 28V/7D and added two points in the bonus round. There were two wonderful moments for the home crowd to celebrate in the Riding round as 2019 champion Ahmed Elgendy and Mohanad Shaban of Egypt each managed a perfect score of 300. The two 19-year-olds – born within a week of each other in March 2000 – thrilled spectators with their composure on horseback. Marosi (HUN) summoned all of his experience to complete the course, while firing off his five shots in sequences of 11sec, 9sec, 12sec and 13sec. The fastest Laser Runner on the day was Martin Vlach of Czech Republic, who timed 10:40.54.
UIPM 2020 Pentathlon World Cup Cairo concludes tomorrow (March 1) with the Mixed Relay. A live stream of the Mixed Relay will be available on UIPM TV and YouTube, with no geographical restrictions, and on Facebook. Up-to-date results of all competitions are available at the UIPM website. Totallympics Media will finish it’s coverage of the first stop of the UIPM World Cup tomorrow with the Mixed Relay.