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UIPM 2021 Pentathlon World Cup Budapest: 13-year-old Ohta (JPN) in stunning win

Modern Pentathlon
  • Teenager from Olympic Games host nation achieves joint highest qualification score 
  • Senior debut becomes fairytale on opening day of elite Modern Pentathlon season   
  • Clouvel (FRA), French (GBR) and Prokopenko (BLR) also among top scorers 

A 13-year-old from Japan caused a sensation on the opening day of the UIPM Modern Pentathlon season by winning her qualification group and cruising into the Women’s Final. 

Natsu Ohta (JPN) burst onto the global scene at the UIPM 2019 Youth World Championships when she won gold in the Under 17 Women’s Relay alongside her sister Kaede – but this achievement was on another level altogether. 

On her senior debut, Ohta (JPN) was competitive in Swimming (2:13.15and Fencing (12V/14D) – but it was far from guaranteed that she would secure one of the 36 places in the Final from that position. 

Surrounded by athletes of the calibre of 2019 world silver medallist Elena Micheli of Italy, 2017 World Cup Final winner Tamara Alekszejev of Hungary and Laser Run world record holder Ilke Ozyuksel of Turkeythe final challenge of the day might have overawed other young athletes.  

But not young Natsu. 

Far from succumbing to the pressure of her first senior Laser Run, Ohta (JPN) scorched around the course to record the fastest time of her heat (12:07.00) and cross the line first to book her place in Friday’s Final. Her total score of 1,059 points – matched only by Elena Potapenko of Kazakhstan – was the joint-highest of the 80 athletes taking part on the opening day of the UIPM 2021 Pentathlon World Cup season. 

With Riding added into the mix on Friday and her fellow 35 finalists leaving nothing in the tank, the prodigious youth might find it tough to replicate her success but her remarkable performance today suggests a bright future lies ahead – and there is even a possibility that Ohta (JPN) could qualify to represent the host nation in the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  

Elsewhere, world No.1 and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallistElodie Clouvel of France, was among the pacesetters along with world No.3 Kate French of Great Britain and 2018 world champion and Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Anastasiya Prokopenko of Belarus. 

Pentathlon World Cup Budapest continues tomorrow (March 25with qualifying for the Men's Individual Final. The finals take place from March 26-28 

Live stream of the finals is available on UIPM TV and all competition results are available at the UIPM website 

The list of qualified athletes for the Women's Individual Final is:  

Rank Name Nation MP Points
1 OHTA Natsu JPN 1059
2 POTAPENKO Elena KAZ 1059
3 KHOKHLOVA Iryna UKR 1056
4 KANDIL Amira EGY 1055
5 FRENCH Kate GBR 1055
6 HEREDIA Laura ESP 1054
7 ALEKSZEJEV Tamara HUN 1054
8 OTEIZA Marie FRA 1053
10 PROKOPENKO Anastasiya BLR 1053
11 COYLE Natalya IRL 1053
12 OZYUKSEL Ilke TUR 1052
13 MICHELI Elena ITA 1052
14 KOVACS Sarolta HUN 1051
15 VEGA Tamara MEX 1051
16 JURT Anna SUI 1051
17 BRASSIL Sive IRL 1050
19 BATASHOVA Uliana RUS 1050
20 OLIVER Catherine Mayran MEX 1050
21 DAVIS Jessica USA 1048
22 HERNÁNDEZ Sophia GUA 1047
24 LANGREHR Rebecca GER 1043
25 RAJNOCH Barbora CZE 1042
26 SILKINA Volha BLR 1040
27 SHIMAZU Rena JPN 1038
29 SUMMERS Francesca GBR 1038
30 CLOUVEL Elodie FRA 1038
31 GULYAS Michelle HUN 1036
32 GUZI Blanka HUN 1036
33 YAMANAKA Shino JPN 1035
34 MUIR Joanna GBR 1034
35 OLIVER Mayan MEX 1032
36 ARCEO Mariana MEX 1029



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