Sive Brassil overcame testing conditions on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on Wednesday night to make it safely through to the semi-finals of the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon World Championships.
The biggest event of the Modern Pentathlon calendar also saw two Irish debutants as Isobel Radford-Dodd and Hanna D’Aughton made their World Championships bows in Alexandria with both savouring the experience of testing themselves against the best of the global best.
Brassil, who finished 26th in last year’s worlds in Cairo, turned in a solid all-round performance to progress to Friday’s semi-finals as she finished within the top 36 in Wednesday’s Women’s Qualification.
Brassil was in the B group for with her rookie teammates together in the A Group. In her eighth World Championships appearance, Brassil began in steady fashion with 17 victories in the Fencing round to push herself immediately into the top 20 in her 36-strong group, Korea’s Sunwoo Kim leading the charge with 27 victories.
The Galway native ramped things up in the Swimming round, storming to the ninth-best time of her group in 2:14.77 to leave herself in 13th overall going into the decisive Laser Run. After a day when the mercury touched the mid-30s in Alexandria, conditions remained difficult in the evening but Brassil battled through to finish 17th in the combined in a time of 12:19.20. That left her with a total of 1052 points, enough for 17th overall in her group and safe passage through to the semi-finals.
In the other group, the afternoon had begun in impressive fashion for Radford-Dodd in particular as the Fencing round offered the chance for the Wicklow native to show her prowess on the piste. The rookie duly delivered with 17 victories helping her into the top 20. D’Aughton recorded nine victories in the round.
As the action moved to the pool, Radford-Dodd again showed little signs of nerves on the biggest stage as she swam a very quick 2:18.08, 15th fastest in the group, with Cork’s D’Aughton a little further back in 2:23.64. On a sticky evening in Egypt’s second city, the Laser Run proved a formidable challenge for the rookies, both aged 20, but they can be proud of their perseverance. Radford-Dodd finished the combined in 13:02.20 to help her break the 1000-point mark with 1002, while D’Aughton crossed in 13.24.10 to bring her total to 929 points.
Both marks bode very well for the future of the sport in Ireland as Brassil focuses very much on the present with the competition ramping up rapidly.
The UIPM 2022 Pentathlon World Championships are taking place in Alexandria, Egypt from July 24th to 31st. The Women’s semi-finals take place Friday, July 29th, with the Fencing Ranking Round the previous evening on Thursday July 28th.
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