Mexico won mixed relay gold with 1,339 points at the UIPM World Cup in Albena ©Getty Images

Mexico's Emiliano Hernandez and Tamara Vega surged to victory in the mixed relay of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup in Albena.

The pair recorded 1,339 points in total with their riding and laser run performances proving the difference as they took gold in Bulgaria.

South Koreans Kim So-engjin and Kim Se-hee secured silver with 1,317 while 1,310 points was enough for Turkey's Buğra Ünal and İlke Özyüksel to make up the podium with the bronze medal.

Hernandez and Vega got off to a fairly slow start as they finished fifth in the fencing round with 224 points from 19 wins.

A seventh-place result in the swimming then looked to put the duo's gold medal hopes out of sight.

They clocked in after 2min 1.25sec which translated to 308 points.

Japanese pair Taishu Sato and Misaki Uchida were in a strong position after winning the fencing and coming runners-up in the swimming.

However, they were eliminated from the riding discipline after committing a series of penalties which ended any chance of a podium place.

The Mexicans picked up 293 points from the equestrian event, and with Sato and Uchida's zero points they were suddenly favourites.

They then amassed 514 points from a 13:06.40 time in the laser run to secure gold after a thrilling contest.

South Korea gained 34 points less than the eventual winners after coming seventh in the laser run to subject them to second place.

Ünal and Özyüksel led the way in the laser run with 12:46.30 on the clock, allowing them to leapfrog Germany's Dominik Olejarz and Janine Kohlmann into third place.

The UIPM World Cup is set to return from June 7 to 12 in Ankara in Turkey before the capital hosts the World Cup Final from June 22 to 26.