Sunday,19 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1405, ( 9 - 15 August 2018)
Sunday,19 May, 2019
Issue 1405, ( 9 - 15 August 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Double in one year

Egypt’s modern pentathlon athlete Ahmed Al-Guindi made history by becoming the first athlete to win two world juniors titles in one year, reports Inas Mazhar


Four months ago, Egypt’s Ahmed Al-Guindi introduced himself to the world by winning the men’s individual gold at the Under-19 Tetrathlon World Championships. This week, the 18-year old champion maintained his winning streak as he won the world’s junior title. The tetrathlon comprises riding, shooting, swimming, and running.  

The victory made the Egyptian the holder of two global individual titles after an incredible performance in the men’s individual final at the 2018 modern pentathlon Junior World Championships.

In the tetrathlon, the bespectacled teenager started the laser-run 37secs behind the leader, Gustav Gustenau of Austria, who shot with excellent composure and looked like a strong bet for gold. But on the third lap he suddenly found a rival on his shoulder, and Al-Guindi used his electric speed to take the lead before finishing the job with a stunning 6sec shoot at the last visit to the range.

Gustenau, a 21-year-old former ice hockey player who has twice finished in the top 10 at the CISM Military World Championships, eased home for silver ahead of Ivan Khamtsou of Belarus, who shrugged off a poor riding performance to secure bronze.

So competitive was the laser-run that the next three finishers all started the race outside the top 12: Serge Baranov of Russia finished fourth, Lukasz Gutkowski of Poland was one place further back and Martin Vlach pleased the Czech Republic home crowd by completing the top six.

Al-Guindi, the individual gold medalist, who also won silver at the first FISU World University Championships a month ago, told the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) official website that it was amazing because he came from eighth to first and “I shot very nicely today. The semi-final was not good for me but this was a good day in riding, fencing and swimming, and I’m very happy to achieve this medal. This is my second gold medal at a World Championships this year, so I’m very happy.”


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