CISM World Military Championships: Clouvel & Belaud (FRA) take Mixed Relay gold
A late surge allowed France (Elodie Clouvel & Valentin Belaud) to become gold medallists in the Mixed Relay at the 45th CISM World Military Championships in Drzonkow (POL).
France had begun the Laser-Run with a 15sec deficit to leaders Argentina (Iryna Khokhlova & Emmanuel Zapata) but the class of Clouvel and especially Belaud proved decisive and they ended up winning by 2sec ahead of silver medallists Hungary (Sarolta Kovacs & Robert Kasza) and 6sec ahead of third-placed Poland (Anna Maliszewska & Szymon Staskiewicz).
The bronze medal was a sweet way to end the championships for the host nation, but they were left with mixed feelings having been so close to silver and even gold. Argentina (Khokhlova/Zapata) finished 4th ahead of Russia (Ekaterina Khuraskina & Oleg Naumov) and Lithuania (Lina Batuleviciute & Dovidas Vaivada).
Janusz Peciak, the 1976 Olympic champion and UIPM Executive Board Member for Sport, said: “Today’s conclusion to the 45th CISM World Military Championships was very interesting and exciting and until the last moment it was not clear who would win.
“Throughout this competition our world-class athletes have produced excitement which, along with very good organization, have created a friendly and successful championships.”
All results from the 45th CISM World Military Championships are available on the UIPM website.