Twelve athletes secure places in Buenos Aires
With five months to go until the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the line-up for the Modern Pentathlon (Tetrathlon) competition is taking shape.
Another 12 places were confirmed during the UIPM Under 19 Tetrathlon World Championships, bringing the total to 30.
Qualification works on an athlete by name basis – with a maximum quota of one male and one female athlete per country. This means that athletes who secure places earn the chance to compete – but the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of each country then has the right to select any athlete who has earned a qualifying place to participate in the Games.
The 12 athletes who secured a qualifying berth at the championships in Caldas da Rainha (POR) were Ahmed Elgendy and Salma Abdelmaksoud (EGY), Hugo Fleurot and Emma Riff (FRA), Martina Armanazqui (ITA), Anna Jurt (SUI), Alice Rinaudo (ITA), Gu Yewen (CHN), Joszef Tamas (HUN), Uladziaslau Astrouski (BLR), Toby Price (GBR) and Moon Juseong (KOR).
There are 12 qualifying places still to be confirmed, and these will be distributed based on the Olympic Youth Pentathlon World Ranking list on July 1, 2018. The two places reserved for the host nation, Argentina, and four universality places will then bring the line-up to 48.
The 3rd Youth Olympic Games runs from October 6-18 with three Modern Pentathlon competitions (Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual and Mixed Relay) taking place on October 12-14 and 16.
Three senior Olympians from the pentathlon world will be involved in Buenos Aires. Women’s Olympic champion Chloe Esposito (AUS) will play the role of Young Change Maker in the Australian team, while Yane Marques (BRA) and Charles Fernandez (GUA) have been appointed by the IOC as Athlete Role Models.