Originally created 06/02/04

Russia wins team relay in modern pentathlon



MOSCOW -- Russia won its first gold medal in the men's relay at the world modern pentathlon championships Tuesday, with the United States rallying to finish second.

The American team of Chad Senior, Vakhtang Iagorashvili and Scott Christie was eighth in shooting, second in fencing and sixth in the swimming relay. It performed flawlessly in the equestrian competition.

South Korea won the bronze medal with a dramatic finish over Belarus at the final 4,500-meter cross-country event.

The Russians were 11th after the first event, shooting. But they dominated fencing and finished fourth in swimming to take the overall lead with two events to go. The team consisted of Alexei Turkin, Dmitri Galkin and Andrei Moiseev.

The team relay in modern pentathlon features shooting, fencing, a swimming relay of 300 meters, team riding over a 350/450-meter course with 10 hurdles in a three-minute limit, and a cross-country relay, all in one day.