Mission Accomplished at Naval Pentathlon
By Dialogo July 22, 2011
For four days, they ran with a replica 3kg rifle on their back, fired at targets, hurling grenades under the sun for more than 30°C, executing naval skills and rowing – all against the clock. After testing their endurance and speed, finally on July 21st, 24 of the 67 athletes from 11 countries who competed in the Naval Pentathlon arrived at the podium of the 5th Military World Games.
Among the athletes, the women’s individual gold went to Warrant Officer Caroline Buunk, of Norway. Sweden placed first in the women’s team category. Matthias Wesemann of Germany, injured on the last day of competition, went to the podium on crutches to receive the men’s individual gold, and Poland won the gold men’s team category.
The host country made it to the winners’ podium four times. Brazil won the bronze medal in the individual male category with Sergeant Max dos Santos, the individual female category with Simone Lima, and the male and female team categories.
After competing alongside traditional powerhouses like the Norwegians, Germans and Polish in Naval Pentathlon, Argentina will come home with much more motivation.
“Now I will train very hard for the next competition,” said Corporal Sergio Martinez, 29. Despite six years in the Argentine Navy, he acknowledges that his greatest weakness is in the water events.
For Navy Petty Officer Jaime Luis Claudio his greatest challenge was training five athletes in only four months, three of whom had never participated at the international level.
“So our goal was to finish the competition to accumulate points for Argentina. And we did that,” added the coach.