Andrei Moiseev (RUS) will go to sleep a happy man as he qualified in relative ease, which was not the case at World Cup #1 where he missed the final. The Olympic Champion fenced and swam brilliantly which gave him a substantial lead into the combined event. The Russian was lucky he had this lead, as he again struggled to hit the target which brought him back to the field, however he had enough seconds and a strong enough run to get him through to the final.
Bence Demeter (HUN), Ondrej Polivka (CZE), Peter Tibolya (HUN) and Sam Weale (GBR) will also have Moiseev’s sense of relief as they all made the final after missing out in Charlotte.
It was again disappointment for Olympic qualified Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy (UKR) who again missed the final today. The Ukrainian, who usually wins the fence has been struggling with the discipline in 2012, which will be very concerning for him leading into the London Olympics. Junior World Champion Jamie Cooke (GBR) and Thomas Daniel (AUT) who finished in 5th place at World Cup #1 also failed to make the top 12 which will mean they will have an unwanted day off on Sunday.
The big Russian trio of Aleksander Lesun, Serguei Karayakin and World Cup #1 champion Ilia Frolov all looked in great touch today and will join their more famous team mate Moiseev in the final and you would not bet against that one of them will be on the podium come Sunday. The same can be said about David Svoboda, (CZE) Justinas Kinderis (LTU) and the ever improving Nick Woodbridge (GBR).
Italy, like Russia had a perfect day qualifying all 4 athletes. The most impressive being Nicola Benedetti who rose from 21st position to easily qualify for the final. This was in stark contrast to the Italian women yesterday, who did not qualify one athlete to tomorrows decider.
It was heartbreak and joy for the El Geziry family. Amro, had a fantastic day, posting a quick time in the pool and looked certain to qualify for his 2nd consecutive final until the final shot where he shot 38,04 and lost touch the with the top 12 . In that top 12 was his brother Omar, who held on from starting in 1st position in the combined to qualify for his first final since 2010. “I am just so happy” said the Egyptian “I usually start first and then drop down, but I didn’t today, so I am so relieved.” Watch the full interview here.
Arthur Langigan O Keeffee (IRE) is starting to make a habit of making finals since he burst on the stage at the 2011 European Championships. The Irishman will be hoping to celebrate St Patricks day in style on Saturday with a top 15th finish. Others to perform well today and will be looking to make that next breakthrough on the world stage were the young Japanese athlete Shinya Fugii, Rustim Sabirkhouzine (KAZ), Alvaro Sandoval (MEX) and Jin-Woo Hong (KOR).