Brazilian Army Petty Officer Second Class Second at the Modern Pentathlon World Championship
By Dialogo August 29, 2013
On August 24, in Taiwan, Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques stepped on the podium to receive one more unprecedented title for her and for Brazil: second place in the Modern Pentathlon world championship. The silver medal came a little over a year after Yane became the first Latin-American athlete to win medals in the Modern Pentathlon, shortly after winning the bronze in the London Games.
The Brazilian Army Sports Committee athlete won the historic medal after a very balanced dispute at the Fengshan Stadium, in Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, with a total of 5,292 points.
In spite of leading the laser shooting and run combined event, the last trial of the event, the gold went to the current Olympic champion, Lithuanian athlete Laura Asadauskaite, who won with a five-second difference (5,312). The bronze went to Russian athlete Donata Rimsaite, vice-champion of the 2010 World Games, who reached the finish line two seconds before the Brazilian athlete (5,284).
In order to achieve second place, Yane had to improve greatly throughout the five events in the final. On August 23, she started off the day in 11th place, after the fencing competition (19 victories and 880 points total), then she moved to seventh with the ninth best time in swimming: 2:15:20 (1,180).
The athlete, who is currently fifth in the world at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), continued her climb toward the world vice-championship after the ninth best horse riding presentation. In horse jumping, she only knocked over one obstacle and earned a total of 1,160 points. The athlete from Pernambuco came in third place in horse back riding, as she took off 14 seconds behind the current champion, French athlete Elodie Clouvel, and only 6 seconds after second place holder, the athlete from England, Samantha Murray, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Games.
In the combined competition, Yane displayed a great performance with the fifth best time of the championship (13:02:42), earning 2,072 points. With a fast time and great aim at the laser shooting event, the athlete from Pernambuco remained in first place for all four 800-meter interval running series. The Brazilian athlete passed Elodie and Murray, and after being threatened by her Russian competitor Liudmila Kukushkina, who ended in 29th place, she continued to lead the competition in many instances, but ended up being overrun in the last series.