Vega Arroyos Leads Latinas in Ankara Pentathlon

Pan-Am champ Vega Arroyos dominated fencing and swimming in Ankara's Modern Pentathlon World Cup, securing a finals spot. Oliver fenced brilliantly but missed the cut. Arceo battled hard but fell short. Hernández takes on men's semis tomorrow, finals erupt Saturday.

Vega Arroyos Leads Latinas in Ankara Pentathlon
Tamara Vega Arroyos slices through the competition in Ankara. Credit: CONADE

The Pan-American mixed relay champion, Tamara Vega Arroyos, got her ticket to the final stage of the second Modern Pentathlon World Cup 2024, which is taking place in Ankara, Turkey, after finishing in seventh position in semifinal A, after add a total of 1,073 units, in the women's competitions that took place this Thursday.

The London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympian collected 219 points in fencing, 275 in swimming and 579 in the combined shooting-running event, thereby ensuring her entry to the medal phase, in the competition that awards points in the ranking to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In the same semifinal, Catherine Oliver finished in tenth place and was one step away from the final, after totaling 1,064 points. The winner of two medals at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games obtained numerous victories in fencing competitions, with 21 wins, to add 232 units, in swimming she won 254 and in the combined shooting-running event she registered 578.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympian, Mariana Arceo, finished on step 12 in semifinal B, with a total of 1,055 points, of which she obtained 195 in fencing, 276 in swimming and 584 in shooting-running.

Only the first nine pentathletes of each semifinal obtained their ticket to the grand final of the event that brought together 84 athletes. This Friday the world runner-up Emiliano Hernández will appear in the men's semifinal B. On Saturday, April 20, the finals of both branches will be held.