PATRICK Dogue and Annika Schleu won the men’s and women’s title respectively to make it a grand double for Germany in the International Modern Pentathlon Union’s Champion of Champions event at the Al Shaqab Arena last week.
Modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport comprising five disciplines — fencing, 200M freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting as well as 3,200M cross-country run.
Dogue topped the podium by amassing 1,438 points, ahead of France’s Valentin Belaud (1430) and Hungary’s Robert Kasza (1,427).
“It was a great experience,” said world No.10 Dogue. “I hadn’t trained a lot since the Olympics and you can see my swimming wasn’t so good. But I had a very solid fencing and I was very happy about that, and then a clear round in riding.”
Dogue, 24, completed a season of excellent progress, having won silver at the World Cup and finished sixth at the Rio Olympics, in a similar pattern to Schleu.
Twenty six-year-old Schleu overcame stiff resistance from British star Samantha Murray. Annika’s overall tally was 1,300 points while Samathaa collected 1,293. South Korea’s Sehee Kim (1,289) finished a surprise third.