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Pentathlon: Ádám Marosi and Men’s Team Become World Champions

Dorottya Zalay 2021.06.14.

The Olympic bronze-medalist Hungarian athlete, Ádám Marosi, won the gold medal at the Pentathlon World Championships in Cairo this past weekend, and the men’s team also finished in first place.

This outstanding result for Marosi and the men’s team came after a 12-year hiatus. Head coach János Martinek was obviously very happy after the success.

This is an uplifting feeling, and I believe that this has shown everyone that the work we started a few years ago is starting to pay off.”

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Marosi first became world champion in London in 2009, and claimed the bronze medal in the same city three years later at the 2012 Olympic games. By becoming world champion again, the 36-year-old Hungarian athlete has earned an automatic quota place at this year’s Olympic games in Tokyo. Despite stating that the laser run was the toughest competition of his life, he managed to stay in first place, which he secured earlier by finishing in 11th place in swimming, and giving a flawless performance in horse riding.

I was soaring, I was in a flow the whole time, nearly everything panned out. The most difficult part of the finale were the last 24 hours, as I was dreaming of the podium, and the gold medal … I am happy, and thankful to my coaches, my club, my family, and my friends for this success. I don’t know who the oldest world champion is in this sport, but maybe from now on, I am.”

Bence Demeter, who had already secured his Olympic quota in 2019, finished in 9th place, while Richárd Bereczki in 25th, and Bence Kardos in 34th place overall. The gold-medal team consisting of Marosi, Demeter, and Bereczki finished two points ahead of team Germany.

In the featured photo: Ádám Marosi. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI