Modern Pentathlon Natalya Coyle has qualified for the final of World Cup 4 in Chengdu.
The 20 year old Olympic hopeful didn’t enjoy the best of performances today but did enough to finish in 17th position and with the top 18 progressing to the final to be held on Saturday.
Natalya from Meath was drawn in semi final B and began the day with the swimming event. A disappointing time of 2:24,45 gave her 1068 pentathlon points and placed her down in 24th position. Several other athletes found the pool to be slow and as a result the points differences were very close with
Natalya only 50 points behind the athlete in 18th
Onto the fencing and Natalya began well with a scoring rate of 50-50 for the first 12 fights. A good
run of four straight victories added to her points tally and Natalya finished with 12 victories and 15
defeats for 776 pentathlon points. Despite finishing 13th in the fencing event, Natalya only moved
up to 21st on the overall rankings.
Onto the combined event and Natalya started in 21st position on 1.27 behind the overall event
leader and just six seconds behind the athlete in 18th After a shaky warm up on the range, Natalya showed her composure to complete her first shoot series in 24 seconds. Solid running on her first kilometre meant she came back onto the range in 19th position. Another solid shoot of 24seconds meant she left the range in 17th position and qualification position and after a her second run lap came onto the range in 15th position. The final shoot was a nervy affair with Natalya taking three attempts to hit her first shot. She managed to get into the flow after that and successfully completed the last shoot in 40seconds and left the range in 17th position for her last kilometre run. Natalya ran well on the last lap and was never threatened for her position and crossed the finish line in 17th position.
Natalya will compete in the Women’s final on Saturday where the 36 athletes that qualified for the
final will compete in all 5 disciplines. There will be live streaming of this final from the UIPM
website (www.pentathlon.org). Natalya will be looking for the highest placing possible to gain
points for the World Cup standings and hopefully qualification for the World Cup Final event to be
held in the UK in July.
The 2011 World Cup Series:
World Cup 1 – USA, 23rd – 27th February
World Cup 2 – Italy, 14th – 17th March
World Cup 3 – Hungary, 5th – 8th May
World Cup 4 – China, 26th – 29th May
World Cup Final – Great Britain, 9th– 10th July (Olympic Qualification Event*)
The top 36 ranked athletes from WC 1-4 will be invited to contest the World Cup Final
Further information on the Pentathlon and the World cup series:
Union International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) – www.pentathlon.org
www.facebook.com – Search pages for “Pentathlon Ireland”
Pentathlon Ireland – www.pentathlon.ie
*Olympic Qualification (1st June 2011 – 31stMay 2012)
There are two main ways Irish athletes will look to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games:
1. Through an official Olympic qualification competition
2011 World Cup Final – Winner of this gains Olympic qualification
2011 World Championships – Three best ranked athletes gain Olympic Qualification
2011 European Championships – Eight best ranked athletes gain Olympic Qualification
2012 World Championships – Three best ranked athletes gain Olympic Qualification
2. Through the Pentathlon World Ranking (PWR)
Places will be allocated to top ranked athletes on the PWR who have not previously qualified
an Olympic Qualification spot. Athlete’s three best performances from 1st June 2011 – 31st May 2012 will be used for the PWR.
Only two athletes per nation (per gender) can compete at the Olympic Games so where
nations qualify more than two athletes, extra places will be awarded to the PWR qualification
Athletes will gain ranking points based on their final positions in competitions; different
competitions are worth different
Level 1 – World Cup final and World Championships are worth the most
ranking points. 1st = 80points
Level 2 – World Cups and other major championships. 1st = 60points
Level 3 – Other international competitions. 1st = 40points.