Other impressive performances was Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) who won the fence and the swim to easily win Group B, ahead of Lena Schoneborn (GER) who has continued her strong form from her gold winning performance at the World Cup Final earlier this month. Leila Gyenesei (HUN) seems to be over her shooting problems which plagued her at the start of the year to finish 2nd in Group B, with impressive showings in all disciplines.
The local crowd were ecstatic as all the 4 British girls easily qualified, with the most impressive being World #5 Mhairi Spence (GBR) and Freyja Prentice who both qualified in the top 4 in their respective groups. Hungary and France were the only other 2 nations to qualify all the athletes into Sunday’s final.
World #3 Donata Rimsaite (RUS) overcame a poor swim to comfortably qualify in 13th position, which will be a relief after struggling with illness over the past few months.
Top ranked athletes Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) and Anastasiya Prokopenko (BLR) will be extremely happy after starting down the field in the combined event, however they managed to crawl their way up into the qualification positions.
We now have our top 36 men and top 36 women for the weekends finals. All the action now turns to the men tomorrow as they battle it out for the 8 Olympic qualification spots on offer.