Sunday, 21 February 2010

Budapest Indoor International Championships 2010

This weekend was held an international indoor competition in Budapest, Hungary, featuring some of the best pentathletes in activity, a good warm-up before the beginning of the 2010 World Cup series. The riding event followed the combined event in men's and women's competitions, unlike in the usual format.

The women competition was on Saturday and Samantha Murray confirmed the British tradition of great pentatheletes winning the vent with 5208 points, with a very regular performance (5th in fencing, 4th in swimming, 3rd in combined event and losing only 40 points in riding). Second and third in the competition were local pentathletes Sarolta Kovács and Leila Gyenesei, repectively scoring 5180 and 5052 points. Kovács could rely in an impresive and regular performance in all events, while Gyenesei mastered in fencing with the best score in this event (1024 points, 26-9). Helyer (GBR) came fourth and Tóth (HUN) came fifth. Donata Rimsaite from Lithuania withdrew from the competition after the first event. French pentathletes Clouvel and Arnaud were the highlights in swimming and combined event with the top score of those events.

The men competition had its semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday. Hungarian Róbert Kazsa was the first, with 5784 points, followed by two pentathletes from Lithuania, Kinderis and Makarovas (5764 and 5660 respectively). World ranking leader Ádám Marosi came fourth and his countryman Demeter was fifth. Kasza was helped by a strong start in fencing, leading the board with 1096 points. The top swimmers failed in other disciplines and some well known names ended in intermediate positions (possibly a mix of effects of the off-season and the presence of the up and coming new generation).

Full results can be found at:

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