Mexico’s Mariana Arceo won gold in the women’s modern pentathlon individual event at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked nations from NORCECA, the two highest ranked nations from South America and the next highest ranked nation overall will qualify their top athlete. Modern pentathlon at the Pan American Games is currently being held in Lima, Peru from July 26th to July 28th 2019.
The fencing portion, including the bonus round after the swimming portion was won by Mexico’s Mariana Arceo whom had a 25-6 record allowing her to obtain 271 points. The 200m freestyle swimming portion saw Cuba’s Delmis Perez score the fastest time of 2:18.89, though Arceo’s finished with the second fastest time allowing her to maintain her lead. Ten athletes ended with an elimination, one did not finish while three more did not start for the riding portion. The portion was won by Peru’s Tony Sanchez.
Before the combined shooting and running race begun Arceo had a large lead over the rest of the field, allowing her to start with a 34 second head start. Overall, she maintained her large lead to win gold with a total score of 1392. Samantha Achterberg of the United States had the best combined portion allowing her to move from eighth to second. The bronze medal was won by Cuba’s Leydi Moya. The two South American quotas were won by fourth place Maria Ieda Guimares of Brazil and Ecuador’s Lourdes Cuaspud.
The next opportunity for Pan American athletes to qualify in this event will be at the 2019 World Championships to be held in September. Modern pentathlon at the Pan American Games continues tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s individual event.