MODERN PENTATHLON Preview: World Championships start in Mexico City

The 62nd World Championships in the Modern Pentathlon is getting set to start in Mexico City (MEX), the first time in 12 years that this event is being held in the Western Hemisphere, and the 20-year anniversary of the 1998 World Championships in Mexico City. The schedule:

∙ 07 September: Women’s Relay
∙ 08 September: Men’s Relay
∙ 09 September: Mixed Relay
∙ 12 September: Women’s final
∙ 13 September: Men’s final

The medalists from the 2017 Worlds and the 2018 World Cup points leaders:

∙ Men/2017 Worlds:
1. Jin-Hwa Jung (KOR)
2. Robert Kasza (HUN)
3. Justinas Kinderis (LTU)

∙ Men/2018 World Cup:
1. 161 Woongtae Jun (KOR)
2. 134 Jihun Lee (KOR)
3. 134 Pavlo Tymoshchenko (UKR)

∙ Women/2017 Worlds:
1. Gulnaz Gubaydullina (RUS)
2. Zsofia Foldhazi (HUN)
3. Anastasiya Prokopenko (BLR)

∙ Women/2018 World Cup:
1. 150 Chloe Esposito (AUS)
2. 148 Tamara Alekszejev (HUN)
3. 147 Gulnaz Gubaydullina (RUS)

∙ Mixed Relay/2017 Worlds:
1. Ronja Steinborn/Alexander Nobis (GER)
2. Haydy Morsy/Eslam Hamad (EGY)
3. Valentin Belaud/Julie Belhamm (FRA)

This is really a wide-open championship, especially being held outside of Europe. While the sport has traditionally been dominated by Europeans, new stars like the Koreans Jun and Lee and 2016 Olympic champ Esposito in the women’s competition makes this an unpredictable week of events.

Jung and Gubaydullina will hardly be expected to repeat; there has been no men’s repeat World Champion since Sebastien Deleigne (FRA) in 1997-98 and no women’s repeater since Amelie Caze (FRA) in 2007-08.

Look for results here.