Modern Pentathlon. In the premier event of the day the senior men’s final Richard Stannard (GBR) showed that age of 38 is no barrier, leaving his younger rivals in his wake to win his 4th Senior Biathle World Championships. Juan Dominguez (ARG) held off a strong challenge from Olympic Champion David Svoboda’s twin brother for silver. Modern Pentathlon Olympian Nicola Benedetti (ITA) did well for his first ever Biathle race finishing 5th but, just the same as the Olympic Games his swimming let him down.
“This is something I will remember for the rest of my life” stated Stannard. This is the reason why I started sport when I was a kid to win these type of titles. This was the toughest fields I have ever competed in Biathle they really went out quick in the first run. My strength is always the swim, and that is what won me the title again today as it took me from 5th to 1st. Biathle is my sport, and I hope that I can win my 5th title next year in my last event. I am very happy with the size of the event here, I am looking forward it to growing even more. It’s good to see so many kids competing in my favourite sport” concluded the World Champion.
Petra Kurikova (CZE) who is still eligible to compete as junior, cruised to victory in the senior women’s event ahead of the champions from the past 2 years Rachel Jones (GBR) & Emma Davis (IRE) who had to settle for silver and bronze respectively.
The South African pair of Aynslee van Graan & Llewelly Groeneveld was crowned the women’s & men’s Youth A World Championships. Martin Debnar (CZE) headed a Czech trifecta in the Men’s juniors and the Brit Melissa Courtney (GBR) became the junior women champion.
Jean-Paul Burger (NAM) created history by becoming the first Namibian athlete to win an international Biathle medal with the Youth B silver. This is even more remarkable, as the Namibian Modern Pentathlon Federation was only established last year. Burger was just beaten by Robert Lightowler (GBR) in the Youth B male category and Haydy Adel Mohamed Kamal won Egypts only gold in the female Youth B race.
South Africa just managed to defend the World’s best Biathle nation that they won last year, winning 8 gold medals to Great Britain’s 7. However the Great Britain team managed to win more medals overall, bringing 20 home compared to South Africa’s 18.