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Modern Pentathlon: GB trio qualify for World Championships final

September 4, 2014
Olympics Day 16 - Modern Pentathlon

Great Britain will have three athletes competing in the women’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland on Friday after Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice qualified from the heats.
The trio were Britain’s nominated scorers for the team competition, so their progress to the final means Britain will be able to battle for the medals in both the team and the individual events.

But there was disappointment for Mhairi Spence in Warsaw as she was edged out of a place in the final.

The pressure was on for athletes to secure top-eight finishes in each semi-final to book an automatic place in Friday’s final. If they missed that, they had to rely on one of the remaining places available to the next 12 highest points scorers across the three semis.

Murray produced a solid run/shoot event, crossing the finish line first to comfortably book her place in the final with a time of 13:06.41 and fifth place. French had to work harder, but she carved her way through the field and crossed the line in eighth to make sure she joined Murray in the final.

Prentice produced a spirited performance, clocking a time of 12:21.49 in the final event – the third fastest combined event in group C – to finish seventh and progress to the final. That performance also kept Britain’s team campaign alive.

Spence however had a poor fence which meant that she was always chasing, in the end she found her points score wasn’t enough to progress as a ‘next highest points scorer’.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Samantha, Kate and Freyja proved that they deserved to be in the team. Despite a few setbacks during the day, they competed well.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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