Egypt continues to be the dominant force in Africa in modern pentathlon by winning gold in both the men’s and women’s events at the 2019 African Championships. The winner of each event qualifies to the Olympics. The African Championship is currently being held in Cairo, Egypt from February 21st to February 24th 2019.
The women’s individual began with Egypt’s Salma Abdelmaksoud winning the swimming portion with a time of 2:15.30. She would sadly withdraw from the competition, allowing South Africa’s Alida van der Merwe to move ahead and hold a lead of 28 points over Egypt’s Haydy Morsy going into the combined shooting/running portion. Morsy was able to catch van der Merwe with a strong time of 12:57.68 to win the event and Olympic quota with 1283 points. The bronze medal was won by Egypt’s Amira Kandil.
The men’s individual race saw three lead changes between the Egyptian athletes. Eslam Hamad won the swimming portion with a time of 2:05.19. After winning the fencing portion Mohanad Shaban took the lead, but it was short-lived as Sherif Nazeir won the riding portion. Nazeir would also win the combined shooting/running with a time of 11:59.37 to win the title and Olympic quota with 1411 points over Shaban. Egypt swept the podium with Sherif Rashad winning bronze.
As a reminder, the 2019 World Cup Final holds a higher priority in Olympic qualification so should Morsy or Nazeir win that event the quota won at the African Championship will be passed on to the second-place athlete. Other athletes will have additional opportunities to qualify through world events and the world rankings.