Kohlmann, who had showed impressive results in 2012, struggled badly with her shooting and Struchkova, as usual had issues in the run which resulted in her finishing last.
The rest of the top athletes all comfortably qualified in the uncomfortably hot conditions and did what Pentathletes do best and crossed the finishing line at the same time in both groups. The history books will say that group A was won by Yuilya Kolegova (RUS) who will be eager to prove her selectors wrong for not picking her for the 2012 Olympic Games and Sylvia Gawlikowska’s (POL) in group B.
Kovacs, who’s bag stayed in Paris, competed the entire day in borrowed clothes and equipment. However this did not affect her: “Today was easy and I felt good. Each discipline was not a problem and winning 4 Junior European Championships gives me confidence for Friday’s Final.”
Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) was a relieved women, making up for not making the final at the World Championship with a commanding performance today. The 2011 World Champion stated: “I am so happy for an improved performance today, I fenced a lot better and all my hard training after Rome paid off”.
It was business as usual for the World #1 Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) who cruised to qualification in sparking form as did Donata Rimsaite (RUS) and Adrienn Toth (HUN). These 3 will be among the favourites to take over the missing Lena Schoneborn's (GER) European title in 2 days time.
The British, Russian and Hungarian’s all managed to qualify all their 4 athletes and will now be favourite to battle it out for the teams gold on Friday.