Friday, 19 November 2010

Veterans of the year - Women

Latvian Elena Rublevska was born in 1976 and has a long and successful career, finishing the 2010 season in the top 10 (ranked 9th in the world). Her highlights this year were the third position in World Cup Final (Moscow, Russia), a 7th position at WC4 (Hungary) and a 10th position in European Champioships (Hungary). Elena also claimed the title at World Military MP Championships, in Czech Republic.

Polish Paulina Boenisz is another pentathlete who is still at the top after many years. Paulina, born in 1978, finished in 5th position in two World Cups (WC3 - Great Britain- and WC4 - Hungary) and was 9th in World Cup Final (Moscow, Russia).

Czech Lucie Grolichova (born in 1978) didn't have a good year for her standards, still finished the year in a honourable 21st position in the ranking. She was unlucky to miss the World Championships final (Chengdu, China), even though she qualified (she had a flu or something like this) and her best results were a 3rd position in World Military MP Championships, at home, but her ranking points come from a 15th position in WC Final (Moscow, Russia) , a 9th position at WC4 (Hungary) and 11th position at WC5 (Germany).

With the retirement of Polish Edita Maloszyc, maybe the oldest pentathlete left in the tour is the Kazakh Lada Jienbalanova, born in 1970. Lada took part in two World Cups this year, qualifying for both finals and her best result was the 24th position at WC4 (Hungary). Alessia Pieretti, from Italy, born in 1976, had a single appearance this year, at World Military MP Championships, in Czech Republic, where she finished in 6th position.

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