UIPM World Cup 4 Day 2 Review

May 24, 2019, 12 a.m. (ET)

Prague, Czech Republic - Today was the men’s semi-final and all three groups had a Team USA athlete. Tyler Evans was the sole USA athlete in Group A. Fencing was the first event for Evans and unfortunately, he got off to a slow start. He lost his first 6 bouts but fenced better going forward finishing with 11v/17d. He made some great actions and even got a touch on the defending Olympic Champion from RUS. Up next was the swimming event and Evans was in the fastest heat. He swam a good race and touched the wall in a time of 2:01, which was the 12th fastest time of the group. Before the laser run, Evans was sitting in 25th position. His shooting was above his average, he had a total time of 75secs for all four series. But he had a solid run and moved himself up to finish in 21st place in his group.

Group B saw Amro Elgeziry and Brendan Anderson compete, and they started with the swimming event. Anderson was up in heat number 3 and he swam a very consistent race. His time of 2:03.10 was good enough for 13th place in the group. Elgeziry was the fastest seed and he showed everyone that he was the one to beat. He won the swimming event in his group by four seconds and his time of 1:54.51 was the fastest swim time across all groups.

Before the laser run, Elgeziry was in 7th position and Anderson was in 14th position. Anderson had some great shooting series, getting all four series in a total of 44secs. He lost a couple of places in the run and finished the day in 16th place in his group. Elgeziry lost some ground with above average shooting times but his running is what kept him in the hunt. He crossed the line in 12th position. His total point score was good enough to be the 5th out of the 6 wild card spots that qualified for the Sunday’s final.

The last group, Group C, saw Sam Ruddock fighting for a spot in the final. He got things started with the swimming event. Just like the previous two groups, Team USA had an athlete in the fastest heat and Ruddock was in lane two. He got off to a smooth start and kept a strong stroke for the entire 200. He touched the wall with a time of 2:01.41 which put him in 10th place in his group for the swimming event.

Fencing was a tough event for Ruddock. He had two stretches where he lost 6 in a row and where he lost 8 in a row. He was not able to dig himself out of that hole and finished with 7v/21d. Ruddock was starting in 28th position before the laser run. His first two shooting series were good, going 9secs and 15secs. But he had some trouble with the third shooting series, spending 37secs on the range. He did what he could in the run but fell back to finish in 29th place in his group. There were some ups and downs for Team USA today, but everyone fought hard.

Tomorrow is the women’s final where Team USA is represented by Samantha Achterberg. You can follow her competition live on www.uipmtv.org. Also, be sure to check www.usapentathlon.org for the daily recap as well. GO TEAM USA!!!