Double delight for Russia

Pictures of the medallists from the European Championships - Karayakin, Moisiev and KirpulyuanksyAndrei Moiseev (RUS) stunned the field to claim gold in a pulsating final at the 2011 European Championships.

The double Olympic Champion led from start to finish to overpower his countryman Serguei Karyakin (RUS) who won silver and Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy (UKR) who settled for bronze.

In addition to crowning the European Champion, the top eight finishers also secured Olympic Qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Moiseev, who has struggled to make finals after the inclusion of the combined event, was an inspired man as an Olympic qualification spot was at stake. The double Olympic Champion won the fencing comprehensively, before a fourth place in the swim and a near flawless ride meant he had a 25 second lead into the combined event, which he never let go.

After winning his second European crown, Moiseev stated: “This means a lot to me to be back on the winner’s podium.

"Pentathlon is a tough sport where you have to put all five disciplines together on the day and thankfully I could do that today. I still have to work hard to make the Russian Olympic team for 2012  so I am not yet thinking about getting winning my third Olympic gold medal. I will enjoy this moment though!”

Picture of GB's Jamie Cooke after beating the world recordJamie Cooke (GBR) thrilled the local crowd with a world record in the pool, which lead him to a fourth placed finish overall.

The 20 year old stated: “I can’t believe it, this is awesome. I was on crutches the past two weeks, so to come here, break the swimming world record, then finish fourth and secure Olympic Qualification standard in unbelievable.

In addition to Moiseev, Karkaykin, Kirpulyanskyy and Cooke the following athletes can now start planning for the trip back to London in a year’s time:

  • Federico Giancamilli; (ITA)
  • Steffen Gebhardt; (GER)
  • Pierpaolo Petroni; (ITA)
  • Dzmitry Meliakh (BLR)

The team gold went to Russia, silver to Italy and Czech Republic had to settle for bronze. The teams gold went to Russia, silver to Italy and Czech Republic had to settle for bronze.

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