Chinese men's team closing in on title at Military Worlds

09:25, September 01, 2010      

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Chinese men's team have put a major step towards a new title at the Military Pentathlon World Championships in the Netherlands.

Thanks to good results in the obstacle running course Tuesday, they moved up from eighth to second position in the team ranking. The Chinese women's team continued their dominance in the same event.

Denmark's Sergeant Daniel Wollbrecht won the obstacle course in 2:14:40 and Chinese Captain He Shugan was the best Chinese athlete in sixth position.

Cadet Hu Weixue and Cadet Xiang Yuan shared the seventh place and the other Chinese competitors First Lieutenant Wang Xiaokang (11), Cadet Wang Maolin (18) and Cadet Chen Xueming (21) also ran front row. In the country ranking, China finished second behind Venezuela.

Danish First Corporal Brian Dasbjerg took the lead in the general ranking and He Shugan jumped to the fourth position.

Hu Weixue (15). Wang Maolin (23), Xiang Yuan (26), Chen Xueming (38), Wang Xiaokang (40) are still outside the top ten. Only Denmark is ahead of China now in the team ranking and the Danish have little hope of keeping that position.

"It's great that we are on top now," overall leader Dasbjerg told Xinhua. "Before the tournament we hoped to get in the top five, so we will be very happy with a medal."

"It will be very hard for us to defend the first position," the Danish First Corporal said about the final cross country event.

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