Peter Tibolya (HUN) and Oscar Soto were the other 2 big names to miss out on Sunday’s final.
World #1 Aleksander Lesun (RUS) made up for missing out on last year’s World Cup #1 final with an emphatic performance in the combined event to ease into qualification. He was joined by Justinas Kinderis (LTU) and David Svoboda (CZE) who both look like they are over their poor form which ruined the end of their 2011 seasons.
The local crowd were in raptures as Sam Sacksen (USA) won the group on the back of some strong running to secure his place on the starting line on Sunday.
Dzmitry Meliakh’s (BLR) day ended up in disappointment as he was disqualified after the first shoot for leaving after he only had 4 greens. Denis Cerkovskis (LAT) had more luck and won a last 100m sprint to squeeze into the top 12.
Full results can be found here: http://www.pentathlon.org/results/competition-results/results/pentathlon/926-uipm-world-cup-1/senior/men/qualification_a.