Tomorrow, 24 female athletes will line up hoping to win as much of the $50,000 prize money on offer in Moscow, Russia.
Apart from the money, this is an ideal event for the Olympic pentathletes to hone their skills and tactics ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games, as for the non-Europeans, this is the last competition to the greatest show on Earth.
At the 2011 Kremlin Cup, Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) picked up the top prize and the confidence gained from this led her on to the 2011 World Championships title. The Ukrainian will be desperate to regain her form and confidence again in Moscow after she crashed out in the qualification stage at last month’s World Championships. The mother of one has a lot of work to do if she is to better the bronze medal she won in Beijing in London.
After 18 months at the top of the Pentathlon World Rankings, Lena Schoneborn (GER) is no longer the World’s best Pentathlete on paper. Laura Asadauskaite (LTU), the new World #1 will be going into the Kremlin Cup with lots of confidence after winning the 2012 World Cup Final. If the mother of one fences well, as she did in China, she would be adding to her golden collection.
After losing the #1 spot, Schoneborn will be determined to show the world she is still the best and has what it takes to win gold not only at the Kremlin Cup but win her 2nd Olympic gold in London.
Margaux Isaksen (USA) has not has the best of years, as she has battled with sickness which caused a massive drop of form. After winning the 2011 Pan American Games and Champion of Champions late last year, the American would not have throught she would be in June and had not made one final in 2012. However tomorrow is the perfect time to regain some form heading into her 2nd Olympic Games in London.
Follow all the action from the 2012 Kremlin Cup, by viewing the live results and watching the live webcast.