University of Bath proudly hosts “a celebration of the glory of sport” as first Laser Run World Champs staged in UK prove a huge success

22 August 2023

The first UIPM Laser Run World Championships staged in Britain proved to be a huge success as more than 560 athletes from 33 countries served up three thrilling days of competition at the University of Bath.

Racers of all ages and abilities competed for world titles in 37 categories, from under-9s through to over-70s, including, for the first time, three Para Laser Run categories.

Gold medals went to athletes from 11 different countries, Egypt being the most prolific nation with 12 of them. That included both the women’s and men’s LR4 (wheelchair) champions, Hanin Elkhouly and Abdullah Abdelmawla.

Egypt’s Hanin Elkhouly (centre) on her way to winning gold in the LR4 (wheelchair) Para Laser Run race. PICTURES: UIPM World Pentathlon / Filip Komorous

The host nation won seven titles, four of them in the mixed relays on the last day of competition, while the senior crowns went to Elzbieta Adomaityte of Lithuania (women), Spain’s Pau Salomo (men) and Switzerland’s Katharina Jurt and Alexandre Dallenbach (mixed relay).

All of the action took place on the athletics in-field at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, which has been transformed into a pentathlon arena for the World Championships.

UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann said: “In the past three days in Bath we saw a fantastic presentation of the UIPM Laser Run World Championships for all generations, from U9 to Masters. This was a universal celebration of the glory of sport.

“We have fantastic facilities here at the University of Bath, and we had athletes competing and cheering each other on surrounded by parents and coaches. Laser Run is a very special pillar of our UIPM movement as a popular urban sport.

Athletes of all ages competed in the Laser Run World Championships

“The UIPM Para Laser Run World Championships for wheelchair athlete and other classifications took place this morning and it was clear that the level is growing. It is fantastic that our movement is taking care of Para Pentathlon athletes and making sure our sport is as inclusive as possible.”

Focus now turns to the UIPM Pentathlon World Championships, which run from 22-28 August at the University, home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre.

The women’s and men’s relays get the action under way today (Tuesday), followed by the women’s and men’s individual competitions whose finals take place on Sunday 27th. The mixed relay completes nine days of world-class sport on Monday 28th.

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UIPM Laser-Run World Championships 2023 gold-medallists

Senior women: Elzbieta Adomaityte (Lithuania).
Junior women: Esther Fernandez Donda (Germany).
U9 girls: Nour Hashem (Egypt).
U11 girls: Rosa Abd Elmaksod (Egypt).
U13 girls: Farida Khalil (Egypt).
U15 girls: Mika-Leigh Strydom (South Africa).
U17 girls: Evelina Powell (Great Britain).
U19 women: Josefine Unterberger (Germany).
Masters 40+ women: Andra Novicka (Latvia).
Masters 50+ women: Gyöngyi Kultsar (Germany).
Masters 60+ women: Jillian Wallace (Great Britain).
Masters 70+ women: Emily Freund (Germany).

Senior men: Pau Salomo (Spain).
Junior men: Ivan Liberal (Spain).
U9 boys: Ahmed Gad Allah (Egypt).
U11 boys: Eyad Osman (Egypt).
U13 boys: Abdallah Abdallah (Egypt).
U15 boys: Aron Herczeg (Hungary).
U17 boys: Sebastian Forrest (Great Britain).
U19 men: Mohamed Sherif (Egypt).
Masters 40+ men: Julien Bartoli (France).
Masters 50+ men: Denis Delusier (Monaco).

Mixed relay seniors: Katharina Jurt, Alexandre Dallenbach (Switzerland).
Mixed relay juniors: Poppy Clark, Sam Cobb (Great Britain).
Mixed relay U9: Nour Hashem, Ahmed Gad Allah (Egypt).
Mixed relay U11: Rosa Abd Elmaksod, Eyad Osman (Egypt).
Mixed relay U13: Farida Khalil, Oday Teailab (Egypt).
Mixed relay U15: Tatiana Thomatos, Daniel Grove (South Africa).
Mixed relay U17: Evelina Powell, Dylan Robins (Great Britain).
Mixed relay U19: Kirsty Maher, Thomas Johnson (Great Britain).
Mixed relay 40+: Mariska Haasbroek, Japie Grove (South Africa).
Mixed relay 50+: Pascale Tran, Jean-Christophe Perrier (France).
Mixed relay 60+: Jillian Wallace, Richard Wallace (Great Britain).

LR4 (wheelchair) women: Hanin Elkhouly (Egypt).
LR4 (wheelchair) men: Abdullah Abdelmawla (Egypt).

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