With temperatures expected to soar above 33 degrees and with a long, hard season already behind them, this will be a battle of the fittest to finish in the top 18 in each of the 2 qualification groups.
There are 15 girls that will be using tomorrow as a practice event for the upcoming Olympic Games as their hard work has resulted in a place in the greatest show on earth in August. For the rest of the girls, tomorrow is their last competition of the year and an opportunity to finish the season on a high.
This couldn’t be truer for the pair of Brits Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice. Despite both qualifying for the Olympic Games, they were overlooked for the for the showpiece event in favour of Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray. They will certainly use this as motivation to prove to the selectors and more importantly themselves that they are indeed Olympic standard.
Despite a host of big names sitting this event out to save themselves for London, there is still a stellar field on show in the Bulgarian capital. Newly crowned World #1 and World Cup Final Champion Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) will want to keep her impressive form and momentum going and cement herself as the one to beat in London.
The same can’t be said for the other big name in the field Victoria Tereshuk (UKR). The 2011 World Champion gave up her World title in dramatic fashion in Rome earlier this year where she failed to even make the final. The mother of one would have done a lot of soul searching since and worked on the areas that were lacking, in particular fencing, so don’t expect her to miss out on the 36 again.
The fascinating Hungarian girl battle is set to continue with Adrien Toth, Sarolta Kovacs and Leila Gyenesei all lining up tomorrow. Toth and Kovacs won the very hard fought race to get the 2 spots for London, but Gyenesei won their last duel winning gold 2 weeks ago at the Hungarian Open.
Kovacs, who has won an astonishing 4 Junior European Championships titles will see this as a perfect opportunity to add the senior notch to her belt come Friday.
So who will all the big names make the top 36 to battle for the European Championship title on Friday? Or will there be upsets like the World Championships? Follow all the action and drama on Pentathlon.org/2012eurochamps tomorrow.