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Saturday, June 23 2018 - 05:01
UIPM 2018 Pentathlon World Cup Final Astana: Esposito (AUS) Wins Gold Ahead of Kovacs (HUN) and Venckauskaite (LTU)
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, June 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Chloe Esposito of Australia won gold at the UIPM 
Pentathlon World Cup Final for the first time today (June 21st) after a 
determined comeback.

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Sarolta Kovacs of Hungary had started the Laser-Run, the final event of the 
Women's Individual Final, with a lead of 13 seconds but Esposito gradually 
reduced the deficit and then overtook her rival on the final visit to the 
shooting range.

Kovacs, the 2016 world champion, summoned the strength to hang on for silver 
and there was a shock bronze medal for Gintare Venckauskaite of Lithuania, who 
had started the Laser-Run in 24th place but surged through the field to reach 
the podium ahead of 4th-placed Natalya Coyle of Ireland.

Esposito's victory came on the back of her comeback success at Pentathlon World 
Cup Kecskemet in Hungary in May, and the 26-year-old from Sydney was thrilled 
with her performance.

"My fencing performance was the best I've ever had in my life so I was really 
happy with that, and then I equalled my personal best in swimming," said 

"In the riding I was so happy to have a clear round and then I went into 
Laser-Run in 2nd place, which is strange for me because I usually start further 
back. I was a little worried I wouldn't handle the shooting pressure but 
everything went well.

"When I'm in competition I only focus on myself and not the people around me, 
and that's what I did in Rio. Sarolta is a good friend and a very good 
competitor so I knew it was going to be tough today. But if someone is in front 
of me, I just try to chase them down."

Kovacs, 27, said: "It was a hard competition but the key for me was fencing. 
Swimming is my favourite event and I had a good result, and in the riding I 
only had one knockdown.

"I started Laser-Run in first position and I knew Chloe was there, but I felt 
in good shape for the first three laps. At the fourth shoot I gave away a lot 
of time, but I'm so happy with my second place."

Venckauskaite, 25, added: "My Fencing was very bad, but I said I would do my 
best and in the end it was a very good day for me."

The Men's Final follows tomorrow (June 23) before the Mixed Relay on Sunday 
(June 24).


Florent BOAS 

Source: Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)