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Amro El Geziry wins gold at modern pentathlon World Cup

Amro El Geziry

Photo: UIPM website

Egyptian pentathlete Amro El Geziry won the gold medal at the first stage of the 2016 International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup Series.

Egypt hosted the modern pentathlon World Cup #1, which was held at the Cairo International Stadium between February 24 and February 28.

El Geziry, who had never won a World Cup event before, claimed the title with total points of 1478. Hungarian Ádám Marosi came second, while French Valentin Belaud finished third.

The Egyptian champion finished first after dominating the leaderboards in all competitions. He took the lead in the swimming event with a time of 1:55.89, before earning 24 victories in his 35 fencing bouts.

The world No.5 enjoyed a clear round in the riding arena, which gave him a 34-second lead from second-placed Woongtae Jun ahead of the combined running and shooting competition.

“I am so happy, no words could describe it. It’s my first gold medal and it has happened in my home country. You can see the crowd… I’m just so happy,” El Geziry, 29, told UIPM official website.

“After my last shoot, when I only missed one, I thought ‘that’s it’ because I knew nobody could make that time up on me. I was really confident that I would be OK.

“Everybody was cheering, and it was amazing. It was one of the best moments of my life,” he added.

Thirty-six players have qualified to the final rounds, before El Geziry, who has previously competed at the 2008 and the 2012 Summer Olympics, secured the gold medal.

This tournament is considered the first event of the four big competitions in the game. The points collected by the players during the competition help the players improve their world rankings, which act as one of the qualification methods for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hear the Egyptian crowd erupt for gold medalist Amro Elgeziry!! 󾟛

Posted by UIPM – International Modern Pentathlon Federation on Saturday, 27 February 2016

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