Action from the mens finals of the Modern Pentathlon World Championship 2009 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. All five events were competed by the 32 finalists: fencing, swimming, the new combined shoot-and-run, and show-jumping. Athletes were introduced to the horses they would ride just minutes before the event. None of the athletes had ridden any of the horses prior to the final itself.
Adam Morosi of Hungary crossed the finish line in the shoot/run event to become the 2009 Mens Modern Pentathlon World Champion. Winning the silver medal and for the second consecutive year was David Svoboda of the Czech Republic, and winning bronze was Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy of Ukraine. Britain’s Nick Woodridge and Sam Weale finished 13th and 29th respectively.
The Hungarian team also won gold in the team event to become team champions, with Czech Republic in silver position and Lithuania winning bronze.
The three winning teams on the podium for the national anthem and flag-raising: From left, Czech Republic (David Svoboda, Michael Michalik and Ondrej Polivka), Hungary (Marosi, Robert Nemeth and Peter Tibolya) and Lithuania (Justinas Kinderis, Edvinas Krungolcas and Andrejus Zadneprovskis).
Adam Morosi of Hungary crosses the finish line to become the new Modern Pentathlon World Champion.
Nick Woodbridge heads toward the electronic information screen in the horse-riding event.
GBR’s Sam Weale coaxes his horse across the three-fence spread in the show-jumping arena at Crystal Palace.
GBR’s Nick Woodbridge got off to a flying start in his swimming final, winning the heat to go into the show-jumping event in first place.
Peter Tibolya of Hungary shows his feelings after winning a match in the fencing final.
Event volunteers hidden out of sight in a back-room along a dingy corridor at Crystal Palace hastily organise the pentathletes shirt numbers just minutes before the final event gets underway.
Sika Sandris of Latvia jumps the penultimate fence in the show-jumping final at Crystal Palace.
A competitor gets some rest before the start of the show-jumping final
Local support for the British pentathletes.
Adam Morosi of Hungary, the new Modern Pentathlon World Champion.
Team Champions Hungary: Adam Marosi, Robert Nemeth and Peter Tibolya.
Gold, silver and bronze medallists Adam Morosi (Hungary, centre), David Svoboda (Czech Republic, left), and Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy (Ukraine, right).