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GB women all through to final of World Cup 2
All four British women competing at the second Modern Pentathlon World Cup
of the year have qualified safely for Saturday¹s final.
Beijing 2008 Olympians Heather Fell and Katy Livingston both qualified from
today¹s semis at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, as did Mhairi Spence, ranked
number four in the world, and Freyja Prentice, the only British woman
pentathlete to have so far achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard.
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. Her
performances included a joint third in the fencing.
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.
Spence followed up her silver medal in the opening World Cup of the year in
Charlotte, the USA, on Saturday, 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 Fell¹s pistol for the
run/shoot after the laser barrel in her own pistol failed at the start of
the warm-up. She finished 10th overall to secure the top-12 position needed
to reach the final.
Performance Director Jan Bartu said: ³Katy did remarkably well to get
through. A pistol is like an extension of your hand, so it¹s amazing that
she qualified using a strange pistol and successfully defended her position.
³Other than that, they all had a reasonable day and it will be interesting
to see how they do in the final.²
Tomorrow (Friday) Jamie Cooke, Steven Mason, Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge
represent Great Britain in the men¹s semis.
This year¹s 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 men and two women can represent Great Britain in
the pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympics. So far Jamie Cooke and Freyja
Prentice have achieved the qualifying standard, but neither are guaranteed a
place on the team.
The British team train at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the
University of Bath.
World Cup 2 12-15 March, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Rio times are three hours behind GMT)
Thursday 15 March: women¹s qualification
Friday 16 March: men¹s qualification
Saturday 17 March: women¹s final
Sunday 18 March: men¹s final
Freyja Prentice (Bath/Inverurie)
Mhairi Spence (Bath/Farr near Inverness)
Heather Fell (Bath/Tavistock, Devon)
Katy Livingston (Bath/Guisborough, Cleveland)