The biggest of the bunch was current European, World and Olympic Champion Andrei Moiseev (RUS) The Russian was below his usual standard in all the 4 disciplines today which resulted in him finishing a disappointing 19th position.
The double Olympic champion was not the only one left disappointed with his results today with World #5 Bence Demeter, Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy (UKR), Peter Tibolya (HUN) and Ondrej Polivka (CZE) all missing out on qualification.
The standout performers of the day was Aleksander Lesun (RUS) who made up for not making the final at World Cup #1 last year, Justinas Kinderis (LTU), David Svoboda (CZE), Adam Marosi (HUN) and Serguei Karyakin (RUS). All these guys will be relieved that their hard work in the pre season has paid off and will be aiming to be on the podium on Sunday afternoon.
The 4 Italian men matched the efforts of the 4 Italian women who secured their qualification yesterday by all making it to the final. The pick of the bunch was Ricardo De Luca who was flawless in the combined event.
Group B was dominated by the Chinese pair Jianli Guo and Zhangrong Cao. If these 2 produce this kind of performance on Sunday, the gold medal may be heading home with them.
By far the highlight of the day for the Charlotte crowd was experiencing 2 world records. Jamie Cooke (GBR) smashed his own world record in the pool posting a time of 1:54.25. Then Sam Sacksen (USA) bettered his own shooting world record with a time of 8.1 for his first 5 shots.
Here a delighted Arthur talks to UIPM.TV.
You can watch LIVE STREAMING of both finals – - – involving Lanigan-O’Keeffe and Natalya Coyle on Pentathlon.org
SportsNewsIreland wishes both Natalya and Arthur the best of good luck in their finals this weekend.