12 seconds up to the medalists: Belarusians Tatsiana Khaldoba and Volha Silkina became 4th at the Senior WCH Women’s Relay
What’s to say. Of course, Volha and Tatsiana aspired to the UIPM Senior World Championships medal. However, the second day of the competition in Cairo was less favorable for the Belarusians than it was on the eve of the men.
The beginning of Women’s Relay passed confidently. Belarusians coped well with swimming and took the third position following the results of the discipline.
In fencing they got one less shot (17 wins) than our bronze medalists in the Men’s Relay Ilya Palazkov and Pavel Tsikhanau the day before.
Riding performance of our team were weaker than we would have liked. 270 points and the seventh position following the results of the discipline moved girls out of TOP-3. And yet, there was a hope for a successful laser-run, which ultimately determines the winner. However, it wasn’t so easy to get points of the advantage of the top three rivals. Lena Schöneborn and Annika Schleu (GER) started first. Following them were duets from Italy and Egypt. Belarusian athletes were to start fifth.
Tatsiana and Volha performed well, but they could not get into the top three. Girls stopped at the fourth place of Women’s Relay’s table. The title of the Women’s Relay world champions (as well as a year before in Moscow) was confirmed by athletes from Germany. Pentathletes from Egypt (Mariam Amer and Sondos Abubakr) got the second place of the podium while the representatives of Japan (Shiho Yamanaka and Rena Shimatsu) got the third one.
“We had a winning team today comprising the 2008 Olympic champion, Lena Schoeneborn, and Annika Schleu, who was 4th in the 2016 Olympic Games, and what was very important today is that we had three continents on the podium. “This is a clear message that we are a global sport and our teams like to compete in the relay competitions. I hope we can have such great atmosphere in the individual competitions as we had today, and I congratulate the host nation for their medal today which is so important in the promotion of the remaining days.” – noted UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann
1. Lena Schöneborn and Annika Schleu (Germany) – 1276. 2. Mariam Amer & Sondos Aboubakr (Egypt) – 1243. 3. Shino Yamanaka/ Rena Shimazu (Japan) – 1238. 4. Volha Silkina/Tatsiana Khaldoba (Belarus) – 1226. 5. Kseniia Fraltsova/ Adelina Ibatullina (Russia) – 1219. 6. Sarolta Simon/ Kamilla Reti (Hungary) – 1198.
August 24 Men’s Qualifications will take place. Kirill Kasyanik, Ilya Palazkov, Pavel Tsikhanau and Alexander Poupe from Belarus will fight for taking part into the Final stage of the Championships Individual competition.
Photo source: Egyptian Modern Pentathlon Federation (by Ehab Eid).