Many would expect Australian pentathletes to win their spots through the Asia-Oceania competition by beating their rivals from New Zealand and then playing an extra role in the Olympics.
However, Chloe Esposito showed she could have won her spot through the rankings and with a fast improvement in last months, can be a threat to the favourites as she showed at World Cup #2, where she get a spot in the podium with a bronze medal. She can fancy her medal chances against the more experienced athletes after consistent performances at World Championships and World Cup Final where she finished inside the top 8.
Esposito has the sport in her genes as her father is a former pentathlete who has been to Olympic Games when he was a pro. Edward Fernon will be representing Australia in the men’s competition and is willing to make a good competition.
While form is temporary, class is permanent. In a challenging sport with several and distinct disciplines that last a whole day, athletes can experience ups and downs within few hours.
In their career, they can find themselves in different situations in a matter of few years, like in an Olympic cycle. Czech Republic had good displays in last two Olympic Games. Libor Capalini won a deserved bronze medal in Athens 2004 Games.
Michal Michalik was close to grabbing a medal in 2004 and 2008, eventually finishing in 6th position in both events. His countryman David Svoboda was looking favourite to win a medal through the competition until a tricky slippery ride course ruined his day.
Right after the Beijing 2008 Games, Svoboda and his fellow Ondrej Polivka were at the top of the circuit and it was looking like they were safe bets to clinch a medal in London 2012 Games. However, the last months weren’t good for the Czech athletes as they dropped the rankings as a consequence of their struggle to achieve good results.
They once showed they can be at the top and the current form is not helping them, but the motivation of an Olympic Games can play an important role in helping them to overcome the current form. The Czech team will be completed by Natalie Dianova in the women’s field, who will be looking to reach a new level in her carrer with a good performance in the Games and break the top10 position in the rankings.