Pentathletes hit Rio

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The world's best Pentathletes headed south from the USA to Rio de Janeiro for World Cup #2 which started on Thursday 15 March and ran until Sunday 18 March 2012.

The event marked the first time that international Modern Pentathlon had returned to Brazil since the highly successful 2009 World Cup Final and the Pentathletes were excited to get a chance to acclimatise to the city which will host the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio de Janeiro has much experience in organising modern pentathlon competitions, having hosted the 2009 World Cup Final, the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2011 World Military Games in recent times. All these event, like Word Cup #2 took place at the Deodoro Sports Complex. UIPM Secretary General JoÃl Bouzou said: " UIPM is very pleased to be starting the journey to Rio 2016 this week. We are able to test out personal and procedures from now to make sure the 2016 Olympic Modern Pentathlon event is a huge success. " The local Brazilian public were out in force to urge on their hero Yane Marques (BRA) to success. The Brazilian who has already secured her Olympic Qualification finished in fifth place. Fans around the world had the chance to watch these and other great athletes live and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon online. UIPM broadcast the finals live on Pentathlon TV at pentathlon. org on 17 & 18 March 2012. The broadcast also featured the combined event and medal ceremony live and highlights of the fencing, swimming and ride. The Brazil World Cup was the second in a series of five events in the coming three months which will culminate in the World Cup final to be held in Chengdu, China on 26–27 May 2012.

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