Trio advance as Prentice falls

09 March 2012 / 10:33

Great Britain trio Heather Fell, Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray all qualified for the women's final at the first modern pentathlon World Cup of the year in Charlotte, USA, but Freyja Prentice was a surprise casualty.

The 21-year-old Scot is the only British woman to have so far achieved the Olympic qualifying standard but she had a poor fence and could not make up the time despite the third fastest combined run-and-shoot in semi-final A, finishing agonisingly just outside the qualifying spots in 13th place.

Murray, who has begun the season in great form, had no problems in the same semi-final, crossing the line at the head of the pack alongside Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany, while Spence and Fell were third and seventh respectively in semi-final C.

With the race for Olympic qualification hotting up, there was a much larger field than usual, meaning three semi-finals rather than two and a tougher qualification process, which was welcomed by Spence.

The Scot said: "It was quite strange having three semi-finals, we've only done it once before. It meant everyone raised their game.

"It was good to have a really good run-out at the first World Cup of the year. I'm feeling good and I'm excited to be here."

The women's final takes place on Saturday while British quartet Jamie Cooke, Nick Woodbridge, Sam Weale and Steven Mason compete in men's qualifying on Friday.

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