Százhalombatta, just outside Budapest, Hungary is the next stop on UIPM's World Cup Series with World Cup #3 being held on 5-8 May 2011.
The Hungarian World Cup will be held outside Budapest for the first time since the 1960's and the locals at Százhalombatta will be treated to an Olympic standard field with all the top 10 world ranked male and female athletes competing. The athletes are desperate to obtain valuable World Cup Series points to qualify for the World Cup Final, where priceless Olympic Qualification spots are on offer.
Hungary has organised a UIPM World Cup since 1963 so it is truly a historic event. The first champion in 1963 was no other than 2 times Olympic Champion Dr. Ferenc Török. The current Hungarian Champions will be hoping to follow in their famous hero's footsteps on home soil.
UIPM Secretary General Joël Bouzou stated: UIPM is very excited about coming back to Hungary for this World Cup. Hungary really is a temple for Modern Pentathlon, even to the extent that the current President of the Republic Dr Pal Schmitt is a former Pentathlete from the national team.
World #1 Aleksander Lesun will be looking to repeat his performance from the corresponding event last year where he won his 1st ever World Cup. Lesun showed that he is over his form slump which prevented him from making the final at World Cup #1 by clinching silver at the last World Cup so will be hard to beat in Hungary. World #3 David Svoboda (CZE) will want to build on his solid yet unspectacular performances in 2011 with a medal finish at World Cup #2.
Triple World Champion Amelie Caze (FRA) who missed World Cup #2 through injury will be keen to get back on the top of the podium, as will World #1 Lena Schoneborn (GER) who had a very poor event in Italy by her standards finishing 14th. World Cup #2 gold medallist Donata Rimsaite (RUS) will want to keep her strong form in Százhalombatta by winning another medal.
The Modern Pentathlon crazy Hungarian public will have a lot to cheer about with World #2 and World Cup #2 Champion Adam Marosi hoping to taste gold again in front of his home crowd. World #4 Leila Gyenesei will be wanting the local fans cheering her on to her 1st World Cup victory as well as Junior World Champion Sarolta Kovacs and young star Adrienn Toth.
Fans around the world will have the chance to watch these, and other great athletes and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon. The UIPM will broadcast the finals live on Pentathlon TV @ pentathlon.org on 7 and 8 May 2011. The broadcast will feature highlights of the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined event.
The Hungarian World Cup is the third in a series of 5 events in the coming 3 months which will culminate in the World Cup final to be held in London, Great Britain on 9-10 July.
May 5 Women's Qualification Competition
May 6 Men's Qualification Competition
May 7 Women's Individual Final
May 8 Men's Individual Final
Will Lesun repeat his extraordinary performance of 12 months ago? Will Marosi get gold in front of his home crowd? Will Rimsaite be able to keep Schoneborn and Caze off the top of the podium again. Let's see... Come and back your national heroes and visit the 3rd World Cup of the season at Százhalombatta, Hungary or visit our website at pentathlon.org