British quartet safely through to final
Four British women will contest Friday’s individual final at the Modern Pentathlon European Junior Championships after Freyja Prentice, Kate French, Kerry Prise and Lydia Rosling all qualified comfortably from the semis in Poland today (Wednesday).
With a top-18 place required in each semi to secure a final berth in Drzonkow, Prentice and French finished third and fifth respectively in semi-final B, with Prise third in semi A and Rosling 10th.
“There were no problems today, with all four girls going through to the final,” said Istvan Nemeth, Pentathlon GB Women’s Head Coach. “We’re looking forward to a day’s rest tomorrow (Thursday) and then the final on Friday.”
The quartet train at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath.
Prise went into the run/shoot in 15th place with some work to do to be sure of a place in the final, but her time of 12:41.39 was the fourth best of the semi and made sure she qualified comfortably. She finished two seconds behind Germany’s Anne Hackel and Hungary’s Adrienn Toth, who crossed the finish line together.
Rosling also qualified comfortably in 10th in semi A, finishing 34 seconds clear of the dreaded 19th place.
Rosling started the day well, winning 18 of her 40 fencing bouts for joint 14th, with Prise joint 16th after winning 17 contests. Rosling produce the fifth fastest swim of the semi – with a time of 2:19.56 – while Prise’s 2:23.44 was the ninth quickest. That put Rosling up to 10th going into the run/shoot with Prise 15th.
Prentice and French both made encouraging starts in semi-final B. That group started in the pool – Prentice’s 2:24.24 was 13th fastest and French’s 2:24.98 was 14th.
The pair both moved into the top-10 following the fencing. French impressed, winning 26 of her 38 bouts to climb to second place goinginto the run/shoot, while Prentice won 21 contests to climb to ninth.
Prentice’s run/shoot time of 13:07.30 was the fourth best time in the semi to make sure the world junior number four eased into the final finishing two seconds behind semi winner Gintare Vencskauskaite, with French a second further back.
The British trio of French, Prentice and Rosling have already collected a gold medal after winning the team relay on the opening day of the championships.
The European Junior Championships continue tomorrow (Thursday) when Jamie Cooke, James Myatt, Daniel Worrall and Ollie Robinson represent GB in the men’s qualifiers.
Freyja Prentice, Kate French, Lydia Rosling, Kerry Prise
Jamie Cooke, James Myatt, Daniel Worrall, Ollie Robinson
Monday 19 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 20 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 21 September: women’s individual semi-finals
Thursday 22 September: men’s individual semi-finals
Friday 23 September: women’s individual final
Saturday 24 September: men’s individual final
Sunday 25 September: mixed relay