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Cairo World Cup - Day 1

March 08, 2023, 9:21 a.m. (ET)

Welcome, Pentathlon fans! Today was an exciting day as the first World Cup of 2023 kicked off in Cairo. Athletes from 23 countries competed in the women's qualification round across two groups, vying for a spot in the semi-finals.

Representing Team USA in Group A were Phaelen French and Corrine Thompson. The day started with fencing, followed by swimming, and finished with the laser run. French had her best fencing performance at a World Cup, finishing in 11th place with a score of 232 points. Thompson, competing in her second World Cup, finished with 166 points to put her in 31st place. In the swimming event, French swam a 2:41 for 228 points, while Thompson swam a 2:44 for 222 points.

Heading into the laser run, French was in 22nd place, and Thompson was in 32nd. Thompson finished the laser run in 14:14:22 and remained in 32nd place as she crossed the finish line. French, with a 12:15 and the 8th fastest laser run of the group, was able to move up to 20th place, just missing the top 18 by 5 points.

Moving on to Group B, Jessica Davis and Heidi Hendrick were up against 32 other competitors. Their day started with the swimming event, where Hendrick swam a 2:26 and Davis swam a 2:32, finishing in 24th and 28th place, respectively. Hendrick, competing in her first World Cup, finished the fencing event with 184 points.

The highlight of the day came with Davis' fencing performance. She scored her highest-ever World Cup fencing score, with a total of 250 points, placing 2nd in the group. After two events, Davis started in 8th place, and Hendrick started in 29th place. After a 14:20 laser run, Hendrick lost a couple of places to finish in 33rd place. Davis struggled in the shooting portion of the laser run, finishing in 12:49 and dropping down to a final place of 20th, just two places away from the semi-finals.

If you want to see the full results, head over to Action continues tomorrow with the men's qualification round.

Let's go, Team USA!