With the quality of the field so high, a lot of the big names missed out on qualification for the final. The biggest was current Olympic, World, and European Champion Andrei Moiseev (RUS). The Russian looked out of sorts yesterday and the 36 athletes will be happy to see him not in the starting line up for tomorrow. They will also be pleased that top athletes Bence Demeter (HUN), Ondrej Polivka (CZE)and Edvinas Krungolcas (LTU) are watching from the stands.
Apart from the above athletes, the majority of the top 20 ranked athletes in the world will be battling it out for the gold medal tomorrow to stake their dominance early in the Olympic year.
World #1 Aleksender Lesun (RUS) will start favourite after a dominating performance yesterday in all disciplines. The Russian will desperately be hoping to break his silver medal run (won 3 silvers last and no gold) and snatch gold tomorrow to get one over his more famous team mate Moiseev.
2009 World Champion Adam Marosi (HUN), sees tomorrow as the first step to realising his boyhood dream of becoming Olympic champion. Marosi secured his qualification with a bronze last year’s World Championships and performs best when he is confidence is high. His day tomorrow will hinge on his fencing, if he can finish in the top 5, he will be in with a great chance.
The pair of David Svoboda (CZE) and Justinas Kinderis (LTU) have additional motivation to strive for the medal podium tomorrow with their Olympic qualification not yet secure. They need to ensure they have enough points over the next 4 months to qualify for the Games through the PWR. Tomorrow is a perfect chance for them to put their poor form at the end of 2011 behind them. The signs are good as they both performed flawlessly in the qualification event.
Jamie Cooke (GBR) and Sam Sacksen (USA) will have all the local eyes on them after they set the event alight yesterday breaking the world swimming and shooting record respectively. If they can match those times tomorrow, they will be an outside chance for a medal tomorrow.
Chinese 2009 World Champion Qian Chen, did not have the best day today with riding issues, however her national team mates Zhongrong Cao and Jianli Guo will be confident of more success. They looked in as good of form as anyone yesterday as they dominated their qualification group and will be desperate to leave their mark in front of the big Charlotte crowd.
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