The first World Cup of the 2011 season concluded on Sunday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., with Ukranian Pavlo Tymoshchenko claiming his first-ever World Cup gold medal with a record-breaking performance. Tymoshchenko led the finals field with 5740 points and broke the world record for overall shooting with a time of 43 seconds for 15 shots. He finished ahead of silver medalist Adam Marosi of Hungary (5720) and surprise bronze medalist Mikalai Hayanouski of Belarus (5596). Hayanouski was ranked #174 in the world entering the week’s competition.
In addition to Tymoshchenko’s world overall shooting record for 15 shots, the world record for one round of shooting (5 shots) was also broken by Michal Michalik (CZE) in a staggering 10.7 seconds. Michalik would finish in 4th place.
The world records, as well as being the first ever World Cup conducted with laser shooting and the first World Cup in the USA since 1999 made for an historical and memorable event.
The lone American in the final, 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), placed 24th. Sacksen was 26th in the fencing, 15th in the swim (2:08.57), 23rd in the riding and 21st in the combined run/shoot (11:39.02).