Silkina crossing the finish line at the 2019 World Championships. (Photo by: Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne / Nuno Gonçalves)
Silkina won her first world championship title in the women’s individual race at the 2019 Modern Pentathlon World Championships. The three medalists all qualified to the Olympics, provided that they haven’t done so already. The Modern Pentathlon World Championships is currently being held in Budapest, Hungary from September 1st to September 8th 2019.
The fencing portion, including the bonus round was won by Volha Silkina of Belarus whom led all athletes with 28 victories to finish with 270 points, this placed her ahead of her compatriot Iryna Prasiantsova. The 200m freestyle swimming portion was won by Russia’s Gulnaz Gubaydullina whom finished with a time of 2:07.95. Despite finishing twelfth, Silkina remained the overall leader where she held a seven point lead ahead of France’s Elodie Clouvel.
The cross country riding portion saw two athletes deliver a perfect run; Gubaydullina and Germany’s Rebecca Langrehr. Silkina maintained her lead, but a poor performance by Clouvel caused her to drop in the rankings with Italy’s Elena Micheli moving into second. The combined running and shooting portion was won by Lithuania’s Gintare Venckauskaite whom completed the course in 12:01.92. This however, did not change the overall rankings too much as Silkina won the title with a score of 1368. Micheli finished second (1357 points) in a sprint, edging out Great Britain’s Kate French whom moved from fourth to third (1357 points).
As French already qualified via the continental qualifiers the quota has been reallocated to the world rankings. The next qualifying event for the women’s individual will be the Asian/Oceania Championships. The World Championships continues tomorrow with the men’s individual final.