World Cup #4 - Last Chance for Athletes to Qualify for World Cup Final
The famous Pierre de Coubertin Modern Pentathlon Centre will be the host of the 4th and final World Cup of the year in Chengdu, China on 26-30 May 2011.
This will be the final opportunity for athletes to gain valuable World Cup points to qualify for the World Cup Final, where priceless Olympic Qualification spots are on offer. The World Cup Final is also an Olympic test event so athletes will be desperately wanting to test out the Olympic facilities.
The athletes will be treated to the World's best Modern Pentathlon stadium in Chengdu, which was purpose built for the 2010 World Championships. This state of the art facility puts all 5 disciplines together and would make Modern Pentathlon founder of Pierre de Coubertin proud to have his name associated with it.
UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann: UIPM is very happy to be coming back to this magnificent venue here in Chengdu. The Chinese Modern Pentathlon Association organised an unforgettable 50th World Championships last year and we expect the same success for World Cup #4 this year. After the exciting Olympic qualification for Asia and Oceania, I am sure the athletes from all of 5 continents will perform on the highest level in the atmosphere of the first Modern Pentathlon Stadium in the world.
Serguei Karyakin (RUS) who has fond memories of Chengdu, after winning the 2010 World Championships there will want to taste more success in China to ensure his starting place at the World Cup Final. His job will be made easier with World #1 Adam Marosi (HUN) and European Champion David Svoboda (CZE) not making the trip.. This also leaves the door opening to some emerging Asian talent such as Korea's Dong-Hun Nam and Japan's Tonoya Miguchi who will be looking to impress on their home continent.
After a disappointing World Cup #3, World #5 Leila Gyenesei (HUN) will be fighting for that illusive first World Cup gold medal and will be the favourite. Her main rival for the place at the top of the podium will 2008 Silver Medallist Heather Fell (GBR) who's form has been patchy in 2011 and will want to gain enough points to boost her into the World Cup Final. Soo jin Yang (KOR) and Shino Yamanaka (JPN) will be also hoping for a medal in China after securing qualification for the London Olympic Games at the recent Asian Championships.
The Chinese public will be cheering on their 2009 World Champion and recently crowned Asian Champion Qian Chen and highly ranked Yihua Miao to a home gold medal in Chengdu. On the men's side World #13 Zhongrong Cao will be also hoping the home crowd support will urge him on for that first World Cup medal.
Athletes will get another chance for gold during the Mixed Relay event on Monday 30 May. This event made it's World Championships debut in Chengdu last year and the athletes will be excited to get another try at their favorite event.
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 28 and 29 May 2011. The broadcast will feature highlights of the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined event.
May 26 Women's Qualification Competition
May 27 Men's Qualification Competition
May 28 Women's Individual Final
May 29 Men's Individual Final
May 30 Mixed Relay
Will Karyakin repeat his extraordinary performance of at the venue he won his World Championships at? Will Cao get gold in front of his home crowd? Will Gyenesei finally be able to breakthrough and win that illusive gold? Let's see... Come and back your national heroes and visit the 4th World Cup of the season at Chengdu, Hungary or visit our website at pentathlon.org