• May 30, 2020

Egypt had two reasons to celebrate on the final day of UIPM 2020 Pentathlon World Cup Cairo after clinching both the gold and silver medals in the Mixed Relay. The title was claimed by Haydy Morsy and Eslam Hamad, who fended off the challenge of their younger compatriots Salma Abdelmaksoud and Ahmed Elgendy.

Hamad (EGY), who became Mixed Relay world champion in 2019 alongside Abdelmaksoud (EGY), said: “It feels great. It was a very exciting competition and a very close race and we had to push it home. Thank God we had enough. The atmosphere was very lovely and lots of people came to cheer for us. It’s always very nice to win here in our own motherland of Egypt, and I’m very happy.” His partner Morsy (EGY) added: “Especially after my semi-final, which was very bad, I am very happy to win in front of my family and friends and win gold for the second year in a row in my home country.”

For Morsy (EGY), it was a familiar feeling as she also won Mixed Relay gold in this competition 12 months ago – with Elgendy (EGY) as her partner. Silver medallist Elgendy (EGY) said: “It’s a great feeling to win silver in the Mixed Relay with my partner, and even better to have two Egyptian teams on the podium. We did the best swim, we had a very good fence but then the Riding was not so good and we slipped back to 6th place. However, our Laser Run went well and we made it back to 2nd place.”

Behind them, Korea won a medal for the second successive day as Kim Sunwoo and Jung Jinhwa teamed up to claim bronze, beating off strong competition from Guatemala (Sofia Cabrera and Charles Fernandez). Bronze medallist Jung (KOR) said: “Today was hard, but we ended up with a good place and it feels great.”

In terms of good performances in the individual sports, Abdelmaksoud & Elgendy (EGY) led the way in the pool with the fastest time of 1min 58.37 seconds. Morsy & Hamad (EGY) had the edge on their rivals in the Fencing Ranking Round and they also won the last bout of the Bonus Round. It was on horseback that Morsy & Hamad (EGY) really took a firm grip on the competition, with the only perfect score of 300 recorded on the day – to the delight of the home crowd.

UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann said: “I have to say thanks to all the nations that competed in this Mixed Relay competition which has such a special meaning for us, and we have had a great week here at the start of the 2020 season.I have to mention the women’s individual competition – we had the highest entry numbers ever in the first World Cup of the season.”

Dr. Sch or Mann commented further, saying “My thanks go to all the coaches and trainers for what you have achieved so far after the winter training. We are all looking forward to the remaining World Cups and hoping that the Coronavirus can be controlled and the athletes will not be affected in attending the upcoming competitions. Everything we decide will be for the benefit of the athletes.”

UIPM 2020 Pentathlon World Cup Cairo has now concluded and the next two instalments in the series will take place in Sofia (BUL). The 2020 UIPM Pentathlon World Cup Sofia I is scheduled for March 24-28, and 2020 UIPM Pentathlon World Cup Sofia II will take place a week later (April 2-5).

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