The second day of these World Championships saw 19 teams from around the world competing in the Men’s Relay. Amro Elgeziry and Tyler Evans teamed up to represent Team USA. The fencing ranking round was the first event and Team USA got off to a slow start. Halfway through the event, they had 7 victories and 11 defeats. They were able to turn it around, getting some great touches against tough opponents. They only had 1 defeat in their last 9 bouts, finishing up with a total of 19 victories and 17 defeats. After the fencing ranking round, Team USA was in 7th place. The swimming event was up next and Elgeziry was the lead off leg. He got off to a quick start, going 52.60, and Evans had a strong anchor leg with a time of 55.08. Their total time of 1:47.66 put them in second place for the swimming event. Up next was the bonus round and their first opponent was the team from BLR. Elgeziry was up first and made a great fleche to give Evans a 1-0 lead. Evans was up and BLR attacked, but Evans was able to block and counter for the hit. After defeating the team of BLR, ESP was the next opponent. Neither Evans or Elgeziry were able to get touches and ended up losing the bout. They came away from the bonus round with 1 bonus point and were now sitting in 4th place before the riding event. After a good warmup for both athletes, Elgeziry was the first rider of the team to go on course. He got around all 8 jumps with zero mistakes. As soon as Elgeziry crossed the line, Evans went off to complete his 8 jumps. Things were looking great but after the 5th jump, Evans lost a stirrup and unfortunately fell off the horse. He was able to get back on but was unable to finish the course, resulting in an elimination and a score of 0. The riding event dropped Team USA down to 18th place before the laser run. Team USA finished out the day with a good laser run, shooting all 4 series in a total of 57 seconds and had solid running. But because of the riding score, they were too far behind in points to make up any gaps and ended up crossing the finish line in 18th place overall.
Tomorrow starts the individual competition here in Budapest, Hungary. Heidi Hendricks will be competing in her first World Championships and will be looking to get a good result for Team USA. GO TEAM USA!!!