Day 2 of this world cup saw 93 athletes competing in the men’s semifinal. This is the third and final world cup of the 2021 season, and all athletes are looking to make the top 36 for Sunday’s final. Team USA is represented by Amro Elgeziry (out of CO), Brendan Anderson (out of NY), and Sam Ruddock (out of NY).
Elgeziry and Anderson were in Group A and started the day with fencing. Anderson fenced for a total of 208 points which put him in 17th place. Elgeziry scored a total of 194 points to put himself in 22ndplace in the fence. Up next was the swimming event and both were swimming in heat 3. Anderson improved upon his time from last week, going a 2:07.11, which was the 12th fastest time of the group. Elgeziry powered his way to a 2:00.56, which not only won his heat but was also the fastest time of the day among all competitors. Before the laser run, Anderson was starting in 16th place and Elgeziry was starting in 17thplace. Anderson ran a time of 11:30, the 12th fastest time of the group. With that run, he was able to pass a couple of people and finish in 15th place overall in the group. Elgeziry had some bad luck with his target, quite a few shots did not register. He ran a time of 12:17, dropping back a few places to finish in 24th place overall in the group. With those finishes, both were not able to advance to the final.
Group C had Ruddock representing Team USA. His day started with the swimming event. Swimming in heat 4, he swam a time of 2:05.26. That time put him in 3rd place for his group. Fencing was the next event for Ruddock. He had a rough finish, losing a handful of bouts. His score of 159 put him in 27th place after two events. Ruddock ran a time of 12:07 and was able to run some athletes down. He moved up a few places and finished in 24th place overall in his group. Unfortunately, missing out on the final.
That is the end of the competition here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Next international competition for Team USA will be the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt, taking place in June. Follow Team USA’s journey at www.usapentathlon.org as they continue to work to qualify for Tokyo. GO TEAM USA!!!