The heavy favourite for the title is Lena Schoneborn (GER), who is in the form of her life. She blew away the competition in Charlotte, to win the first World Cup of the year and she was untouchable yesterday as she eased through qualification where a lot of her rivals struggled. The Olympic champion stated: “I am happy with the way I performed yesterday and coped with the sun. I want to keep my strong start to year going and another gold would be amazing.”
Despite faltering in the sun yesterday, triple world champion Amelie Caze (FRA) will still be considered by all the women in the field as a massive threat to their medal chances. Caze, who has not competed for 8 months, looked to struggle in the combined event, however with her superior fence, swim and ride she could easy go into the combined event with a substantial lead, which she has the ability to defend.
Freyja Prentice (GBR) and Leila Gyenesei (HUN) who failed to qualify for the World Cup #1 final redeemed themselves yesterday with a strong performance which earned them a top 12 place. They will both know that simply being in the final won’t be enough. They will both be aiming for a top 5 position to make up on the lost ground to their national teammates in Rio in the race to London 2012.
The Brazilian crowd, will be out in force tomorrow to cheer on their local hero Yane Marques (BRA). Marques was in sublime form in the qualification, with her shooting being particularly deadly. If she can control her nerves and perform like this tomorrow she will send a lot of Brazilians hope happy.
The usual suspects of World #2 Laura Asadauskaite (LTU), World Champion Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) and World #4 Mhairi Spence (GBR) all performed well yesterday and will want to take go that extra yard that they were not able to yesterday and beat Schoneborn over the finishing line for gold.
The next generation of athletes will also be on show tomorrow. Youth A World Champion Tamara Vega (MEX) and Youth Olympics bronze medallist Anastaysia Spas (UKR) have made the successful transition from a Youth/Junior athlete and will get valuable experience tomorrow, and if they perform to the best of their ability, a top 10 position is beckoning.
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