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Pentathlon: GB women all through to final of World Cup

March 16, 2012

All four British women competing at the second Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year have qualified safely for the final this Saturday.

Beijing 2008 Olympians Heather Fell and Katy Livingston both qualified from the semis at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, as did Mhairi Spence, ranked number four in the world, and Freyja Prentice.

With a top 12 place needed in each of the three semis to progress to the final, 21 year old Prentice was the first of the Brits to go through, crossing the finishing line in joint seventh in semi-final B.

Fell, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist, clocked the third fastest time in the pool in semi-final A en route to comfortably securing a berth in the final by finishing joint eighth.

And Spence followed up her silver medal in the opening World Cup of the year in Charlotte, the USA, by comfortably progressing to the final in Rio crossing the finish line in joint first.

Livingston lined up alongside Spence in semi-final C and had to demonstrate poise and determination to reach the final using Fell’s pistol for the run/shoot after the laser barrel in her own pistol failed at the start of the warm-up. She finished tenth overall to secure the top 12 position needed to reach the final.

Performance Director Jan Bartu said, “Katy did remarkably well to get through. A pistol is like an extension of your hand, so it’s amazing that she qualified using a strange pistol and successfully defended her position.

“Other than that, they all had a reasonable day and it will be interesting to see how they do in the final.”

This year’s World Cups are an opportunity for athletes to try to secure places on the team to compete at the World Championships in Rome in May, which is the next chance for athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard. They can also score valuable ranking points at World Cups that could ultimately help athlete qualify for 2012.

A maximum of two British women can represent Great Britain in the pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympics. So far only Freyja Prentice has achieved the qualifying standard, but she is still not guaranteed a place on the team.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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