UIPM World Championship Day 1 Review

By Dennis Bowsher, OLY | Sept. 02, 2019, 12 a.m. (ET)



                The 2019 World Championships kicked off today here in Budapest, Hungary. Athletes from 40 nations came to Hungary looking to be crowned World Champion. The first day of competition saw the women’s relay with Samantha Achterberg and Heidi Hendrick team up to represent Team USA. The first event of the day was the fencing ranking round. The fencing did not go as well as they had hoped, but both athletes made some great hits against strong opponents. Achterberg finished up with 8 victories and 16 defeats, while Hendrick finished with 4 victories and 20 defeats. Their total score of 164 points put them in 13th place before the swim. Up next was swimming and they were in the first heat. Achterberg got them off to a strong start going a 1:04 and Hendrick had a strong anchor leg, going 1:00. Their time of 2:04.85 won the heat and put them in 6th place for the swimming event. The bonus round was the next event and Team USA was up against GBR. Both Achterberg and Hendrick missed on their attacks, losing their touches and falling to GBR with a score of 0-2. Not gaining any bonus points, Team USA was in 13th place before the riding event. Achterberg and Hendrick had a solid ride with 0 jumping penalties but took a little too long to get around the course and finished with 26 time faults. Their total score of 274 put them in 7th place in the riding event and in 10th place overall before the last event. It was very windy during the Laser Run but Achterberg used her experience to shoot both series in a total time of 28 seconds. She remained in 10th place when she handed it off to Hendrick. Hendrick struggled a little on the range, going 33 seconds and 28 seconds for her shooting series. She had a good run and crossed the finish line in 11th place. Team USA’s 11th place was the second highest finish in the women’s relay since 2013.


                Day 2 is the Men’s relay with Amro Elgeziry and Tyler Evans teaming up to go against the rest of the world. Be sure to check out www.usapentathlon.org for daily recaps. GO TEAM USA!!!