Tokyo, Japan - Day 2 saw the completion of the women’s individual competition. After the fencing ranking round, Samantha Achterberg was sitting in 35th place. First event of the day was the 200-meter swim and Achterberg was in heat 2, lane 5. She got off to a quick start, going a 1:06 for the first 100. Achterberg was neck and neck with RUS all the way to the finish and Achterberg got her hand on the wall first to win her heat with a time of 2:19.22. That time is a personal best for Achterberg by almost a second. In the bonus round, her opponent was from the host country of JPN. JPN made an attack and Achterberg just missed the block and was unable to defend. Achterberg lost the touch and was unable to score any bonus round victories. Heading into the riding event, Achterberg was in 36th place. She drew a good horse, but it needed a lot of effort to get it moving. This was the highest jumps that these athletes have seen all year, but Achterberg is an experienced rider. She got around the course with zero jumping penalties and just 5 time faults for a total score of 295.
Achterberg moved up the rankings with her ride, up to 26th place before the laser run. Achterberg shot her average in the shooting, hitting all four series in a total time of 49 seconds and had a strong run. Her total time of 12:24 moved her up a few places and Achterberg crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
This was Achterberg’s highest finish of the season and she has great momentum heading into the Pan Am Games at the end of July. The winner of the competition was Laura Asadauskaite from Lithuania, becoming the first athlete to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in the sport of modern pentathlon.
Next up for Team USA is the mixed relay on Day 4. Samantha Achterberg and Amro Elgeziry will team up to take on the top countries in the world. GO TEAM USA!!!