Army Sports Committee Athletes Compete in Modern Pentathlon World Cup
By Dialogo April 02, 2013
Rio de Janeiro hosted the second phase of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup held between March 20 and 24, at the Deodoro Sports Complex with 72 pentathletes from 23 countries. Military athletes, who are part of the High Performing Athletes Program (PAAR) of the Brazilian Army Sports Committee (CDE), participated in the competition in individual contests.
In the female competition, CDE Sergeant Priscila Oliveira ranked 11th. She was pleased with her performance, stating, “I was in 18th place when I started riding, and I was already happy. I had a great horse, which helped me a lot. I was a little nervous when I finished the second set of jumps. I knew that the other strong women were coming, and that they would catch up with me. However, I was not giving up so easily. I believe that this is just the beginning and that there is more to come.”
Behind her, in 13th place was Sergeant Yane Marques, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, who is also a part of the High Performing Athletes Program of the CDE. She regretted her performance in the equestrianjumping competition. “I had a very difficult horse. It was partly my fault because I had five violations, but this is also part of it.”
U.S. athlete Margaux Isaksen won the female title with 5,268 points. Lithuanian Olympic champion Laura Asadauskaite took second place with 5,224 points, and Hungarian athlete Zsofia Foldhazi took third with 5,176 points.
In the male competition, Private Danilo Fagundes, of the 1st Guard Battalion and also a member of the CDE’s High Performing Athletes Program, proved to be the best Brazilian athlete, ranking 40th with 4,272 points. Victory went to Adam Marosi, bronze medalist at the London Games and twice world champion. With 5,768 points, Adam surpassed Latvian athlete Denis Cerkovskis (5,716) and French competitor Valentin Prades (5,660). All three stood on the podium.
The next phase will take place in Chengdu, China, between April 17 and 21, 2013.
This article is published as a courtesy from the Military Sports Blog, a competition and sports broadcaster for the Armed Forces and Auxiliary Forces in Brazil and abroad.