British trio progress to final at World Junior Champs
Three British women will contest the women’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Junior Championships in Poland on Saturday (24 May).
Alice FItton, Francesca Summers and Jo Muir all qualified from the heats in Drzonków today, but Maili MacKenzie missed out.
Fitton qualified comfortably in semi-final A. She needed a top-12 place to be sure of progressing to Saturday’s final and she did it in style, crossing the line in third just two seconds behind Lithuanian heat winner Karolina Guzauskaite.
Her series included a ninth place in the fencing, with 18 wins from 32 bouts, the fastest 200m swimming time in the group with 2:12.40, and a run/shoot time of 14:07.30. She scored a total of 978 pentathlon points.
Francesca Summers, fresh from helping the Pentathlon GB team to team gold at the World Youth A Championships under a week ago, also booked her place in the final at the World Juniors.
She produced the fastest run/shoot in group B, with a time of 13:19.61, to finish fourth overall with 980 points.
Team-mate Jo Muir came 17th in the same semi after producing the third fastest run/shoot in the semi. Her points total of 951 was enough to see her progress as one of the next 12 highest points scorers across the two semis.
But Maili Mackenzie missed out on qualifying from semi-final A, finishing 32nd with 752 points.
Tomorrow (Friday) sees the men’s semi-finals with Sam Curry and Joe Choong both in qualification group A, Joe Evans and Tom Lees in group B.
Alice Fitton (Age 19, from Atherton, Greater Manchester/ lives Bath)
Maili MacKenzie (Age 19, Dumfries/Bath)
Jo Muir (Age 19, Dumfries/ Bath)
Francesca Summers (Age 18, Dorking)
Joe Choong (Age 18, Orpington/Bath)
Sam Curry (Age 20, Salfords, near Redhill /Bath
Joe Evans (Age 20, Whitchurch, Shropshire/ Bath)
Tom Lees (Age 20, Sanderstead/Oxford)
World Junior Championships schedule
Tuesday 20 May: women’s relay
Wednesday 21 May: men’s relay
Thursday 22 May: women’s semi-finals
Friday 23 May: men’s semi-finals
Saturday24 May: women’s final
Sunday 25 May: men’s final
Monday 26 May: mixed relay