Uliana Batashova of Russia had the top score in women’s qualifying in a modern pentathlon World Cup event Monday in Claremont and Pomona while Americans Isabella Isaksen and Samantha Achterberg were also among the 36 qualifiers for Wednesday’s final.
Batashova finished with 1,035 points, 19 ahead of fellow Russian Gulnaz Gubaydullina and Tamara Vega of Mexico.
Batashova had the best results in fencing among Group A competitors, winning 23 of 32 bouts at Fairplex’s Expo Hall 8 for 257 points. She had the 12th-fastest time in the 200-meter swim at The Claremont Club, two minutes, 20.24 seconds for 270 points, giving her a two-point lead over Gubaydullina entering the final event.
Batashova’s two-point lead meant she would start two seconds ahead of Gubaydullina in the laser-run, where the athletes seek to hit a target five times from 10 meters with a laser pistol before running each of the four 800-meter laps.
The athlete with the most points through the first three events starts the laser-run first, with the rest of the field starting one second later for each point he or she is behind. The system assures the athlete crossing the finish line first wins the overall competition.
Batashova had the 13th-fastest time in the laser-run on the infield of Fairplex’s Grandstand, 13:12, but was 17 seconds faster than Gubaydullina, whose time of 13:29 was 20th-fastest.
Isaksen, who was 24th in the 2016 Olympic women’s modern pentathlon, matched the 14th-highest point total among the 67 athletes in two groups, 1,006. Achterberg had the 33rd-highest total, 985.
The fifth element of modern pentathlon, riding, is not included in qualifying.
The five-day event, the second stop on the global modern pentathlon World Cup circuit, also includes the men’s qualifying Tuesday and final Thursday and the mixed relay competition Friday. The men’s and women’s finals and the mixed relay competition will be streamed on UIPM TV, the video service of modern pentathlon’s international governing body.