Day 2 took place at the 2021 World Championships in Cairo, Egypt. Yesterday was the women's relay and today it was the men's relay.
Amro Elgeziry and Tyler Evans teamed up to represent Team USA. The day started with the swimming event. Team USA was in heat 1 lane 3. Elgeziry got the team off to a quick start, going a 54.9. Evans dove into the pool with the lead and his 56.7 kept Team USA in the lead; winning the heat with a 1:51.66. That time put Team USA in the 3rd place overall for the event.
Fencing was the next event. Elgeziry and Evans had some great fencing touches, even being as high as 5th ranked during the event. The team finished with a total of 202 points which put them in 8th place for the fencing event.
Next was the bonus round and Team USA was up against FRA in their opening bout. Evans was up first and scored a defensive hit on FRA's attack. Elgeziry lost his first touch but was able to score the winning touch, beating FRA 2-1. The next opponent for Team USA was BLR. Elgeziry started things off and he was unable to score against BLR's attack. Evans was up next and lost his touch, which caused the team to lose to BLR. Team USA came away from the bonus round with 1 bonus point.
Before the riding event, Team USA was in 7th place. They drew good horses and had a good warmup.
Out on course, Elgeziry was the first rider in the ring, and he had 2 knockdowns. Evans went around clean, but as a team, they had 7-time faults. The score of 279 was 13th place in the riding event and put them in 11th place before the laser run.
Elgeziry and Evans both had great legs of the laser run event. Elgeziry ran his way up to 9th and then handed it off to Evans who ran up to 7th, only 1 second away from 5th place.
The 7th place finish is the highest for Team USA men's relay in over 10 years. Great job for the men today.
The individual events start tomorrow with the women's semi-final. The individual event is the last opportunity for athletes to qualify themselves for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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