Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Amélie Caze wins her third World Senior Championships; Rimsaite takes the silver and Schöneborn, the bronze; France wins the women's team competition

The women's final was on Saturday, September 04. In a rainy day in Chengdu, China, Amélie Caze from France, who was recently crowned European champion, won her third World Championships title (she was the winner in 2008 - in Hungary - and 2007 - in Germany).

Cazé finished in the top10 list of every event in the day. In the first event, with 25 wins in 34 bouts, collected 1024 points and was only behind Aya Medany from Egypt, who had an impressive 1048 points after 26 wins. Russia Khuraskina abandonned in first event so 35 pentathletes were left in competition. Schöneborn was third with 22 wins, tied with Rublevska (LAT) and defending champion and crowd favourite Chen finished fencing in 5th position along with Russian Gretchichnikova with 21 wins.

In the swimming event, French Elodie Clouvel was the fastest by clocking 2:07.90 (1268 points) - better than the 2oth best result in the men's final. Hungarian Kovacs and Gyenesei improved their positions in the provisional standings by swimming under 2:12.00 and Caze had the fourth best time of the day and took the lead in the standings, followed by Medany, Clouvel, Kovacs and Schöneborn.

In the riding, Polish Czwojdzinska was the only one of the group of 7 pentathletes that topped the field with 1180 points to lose her points by time penalty (1:22.70), so all the other pentathletes in this group lost their 20 points by minor mistakes in the course. Caze scored 1148 points and managed the lead in a good position for the combined event, with her points converted to a 38 seconds lead in the following and final event over her closest rival, Schöneborn. Medany was the third in the start list, followed by Gyenesei, Pataki and Rimsaite. Defending champion Chen lost 200 points in riding and dropped to 15th position. Fifteen pentathletes failed to score over 1000 points and Natalie Dianová from Czech Republic left the competition before the combined event.

In the combined event, Caze was never in trouble and managed her comfortable lead until the finish line with a time of 12:40.38 (9th best of the day); Rimsaite, whose skills in combined event are well known, managed to jump to second position with a time under 12 minutes, and Schöneborn, even with her pretty decent display (6th best time) was not enough to keep the second position. The only pentathlete to beat Rimsaite's time in combined event was American Margaux Isaksen (11:56.41) which made her move from the 25th to the 12th position. Medany finished in fourth position and Czwojdsinska and Brazilian Yane Marques moved up to 5th and 6th positions, respectively. Defending champion Chen disappointed and couldn't repeat her amazing performance of last year and finished in 19th position.

In the team event, Caze and her team mates Eudes and Arnaud won the competition with 15108 points (could have a bigger lead if Clouvel were in the team); Great Britain, who had two pentathletes in the top 10 in the individual competition, took the silver medal and Germany was the third, leaving Hungary and China out of the podium (all those teams had their three pentathletes in the final).

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