Laura Asadauskaite showed why she is one of the best in the world in modern pentathlon by winning her third title at the 2019 World Cup Final. By winning, she has also won a quota to compete at the Olympics. The World Cup Final is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan from June 27th to June 30th.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Asadauskaite of Lithuania won the fencing round with 27 victories, giving her 262 points. She finished ahead of the 2016 Olympic silver medalist Elodie Clouvel of France (259 points) and Anna Buriak of Russia (256 points).
The swimming round was won by Russia’s Gulnaz Gubaydullina whom finished the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:09.28, almost a full second ahead of Clouvel’s 2:10.12. Unfortunately, for Gubaydullina, her poor fencing round where she finished 34th would prove too much of a deficit as she missed the podium by four points. The overall leaderboard after two events saw Clouvel in first with a score of 549, ahead of Asadauskaite whom had 531, third was 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Marie Oteiza of France whom was close behind with 530.
The riding portion saw six athletes finish with a perfect 300, including Oteiza whom gained a six-point lead over Asadauskaite with a total of 830. Clouvel remained the overall leader with 833 points.
The final round was the running and shooting combined. Being known for her good combined portion Asadauskaite was able to catch and surpass her French competitors to win gold and the Olympic quota. Clouvel finished with the silver medal while the bronze came down to a sprint where 2018 World Championship silver medalist Annika Schleu edged out Lithuania’s Gintare Venckauskaite whom had the best combined time of 11:32.20.
The Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final continues tomorrow with the men’s final. The next opportunity for athletes to qualify in this event will be at their respective continental events.