Margaux Isaksen, Fayetteville, Arkansas was sixth in the UIPM World Cup Final. It was the speed of Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk which made the difference in the hot and humid conditions of Nizhny Novgorod as the 31-year-old stormed to an impressive victory in the combined to win the event with real panache.
Being third on the grid at the start of the combined gave the experienced Tereshuk the perfect platform with which to blow the rest of the field away with her renowned blistering pace making the difference as she claimed gold.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist has been in fine form this season and fully deserved to add this title to her hugely impressive trophy cabinet. She has been the model of consistency on the international circuit this campaign, winning World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, USA, placing fourth at World Cup #2 Rio and taking silver earlier this month at World Cup #4 in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
After a day that began with 21 wins in the fence, she recorded the fourth fastest time in the pool at 2:10:95 before a near-faultless ride to start the combined in third place. From there, there was no stopping Tereshuk as some pin-point shooting put her on her way to gold.
She told us, “It is such a great feeling to win here. I am just so happy. Today I was feeling very strong and starting third in the combined I knew that if I got shooting right then I could win.”
Buoyed by the boisterous public, Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina finished second to take home the silver after having started the combined in fifth.
Bronze went to Tereshuk’s compatriot Ganna Buriak who after having begun the ultimate event ten seconds ahead of the pack struggle with her aim but was still delighted to get bronze.
Despite having a hugely temperamental horse, Lithuanian World No.1 Laura Asadauskaite managed to claw her way up the field with some powerful running and expert shooting to finish fourth. The reigning Olympic Champion has not had the best of luck this season so will look to make up at the World Championships in August.
Janine Kohlmann from Germany capped an incredible day for herself with fifth whilst USA’s Isabella Isaksen, Fayetteville, Arkansas was twenty-fourth in her first World Cup Final.