2018 Asian Games silver medalist Kim Se-hee won women’s individual gold at the 2019 Asia/Oceania Modern Pentathlon Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the five highest ranked eligible athletes from different Asian nations and the highest ranked eligible athlete from Oceania qualified a place to compete at the Olympics. The Asia/Oceania Modern Pentathlon Championships is currently being held in Wuhan, China from November 8th to November 20th 2019.
The fencing portion was won by Japan’s Natsumi Tomonaga whom finished with 20 wins. Despite finishing eighth during the 200m freestyle portion, Tomonaga continued to hold the lead. The fastest time was done by Japan’s Ruka Takahashi whom had a time of 2:13.37. Only one athlete had a perfect cross-country riding performance, South Korea’s Kim Un-ju, but it was her compatriot, Kim Se-hee whom took the overall lead, holding a two point buffer over Tomonaga. The combined shooting and running portion saw two strong runs by the top two athletes, but it was Kim Se-hee whom extended her lead winning with an overall score of 1370, eight more than Tomonaga. The bronze medal was won by South Korea’s Kim Sun-woo whom had a score of 1348. The other three Asian quotas were won by Uzbekistan’s Alise Fakhrutdinova, China’s Zhang Mingyu and Kazakhstan’s Elena Potapenko while the Oceania quota was won by New Zealand’s Rebecca Jamieson.
By winning a quota for Japan, the host quota will now be reallocated to the next highest ranked athlete in the World Rankings to be published on June 1st 2020. Unqualified athletes will have additional chances to qualify, with the next being the 2020 World Championships. Nations with greater than two athletes qualified will have to choose which athletes will compete.
Update: New Zealand declined the quota, therefore the quota has been reallocated to Australia’s Marina Carrier.