The podium for the men's relay at the UIPM World Championships in Bath ©UIPM

Egypt claimed double gold in the relays on the first day of action at the Pentathlon World Championships in Bath in England.

Action concluded yesterday in the Laser Run World Championships, meaning focus turned to the pentathlon disciplines at the University of Bath.

In the women’s event, Egyptian duo Amira Kandil and Malak Ismail topped the standings, after an impressive performance that saw them lead the fencing with 28 wins.

Third places in both the swimming and laser run saw them take gold in 13min 33.90sec.

It was a second successive women’s relay World Championship gold for Kandil, who partnered Haydy Morsy to top spot last year on home soil in Alexandria.

This time Kandil partnered Ismail, who last month won world under-19 gold in Istanbul in Turkey.

Silver went to Italian duo Beatrice Mercuri and Aurora Tognetti following a consistent display, featuring three fourth places and a third in the riding.

The podium was completed by Mayan Oliver and Mariana Arceo of Mexico, which included second places in both the fencing and laser run.

Fourth went to Chinese duo Xiuting Zhong and Linzhi Zhe, with the top five completed by home pairing Gina Speakman and Alexandra Bousfield of Britain.

In the men’s relay victory went to fellow Egyptians Moutaz Mohamed and Ahmed Hamed following a tight competition.

Mohamed last topped the podium in the 2022 Under-19 World Championships in Italy, while Hamed competed in individual modern pentathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, placing 24th.

Mohamed and Hamed’s best performances came in the shape of second places in both riding and swimming, while fourth place in the concluding laser run in a time of 11:27.70 proved enough for them to take the overall win.

Gergely Regos and Balas Szep won silver for Hungary, despite crossing the line first in the concluding laser run.  

Changwan Seo and Jihun Lee of South Korea completed the podium, with their best performances second places in both the fencing and laser run.

Jean-Baptiste Mourcia and Ugo Fleurot of France finished fourth, with the top five completed by Shuhuan Li and Linbin Zhang of China.

Action is due to continue tomorrow with women’s qualification for the individual competition.