March 26, 2013
OTTAWA, ON (March 26, 2013) – 2012 Olympian Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel, ON) pushed the Olympic Pentathlon Champion from Lithuania in her qualifying round and then continued the push in the Finals to finish in 16th place at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup #2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this past weekend. The result is a huge confidence builder for McCann on the course that will host the next Olympic event in 2016.
MELANIE MCCANN (16th place)
“World Cup #2 in Rio was a great event for me. Finishing second to the Olympic Champion in my qualifying pool earlier in the week was a huge confidence boost. In the Finals, it was critical to stay focused all day as I battled to find consistency, with a good showing in the physical events like the swim and run and a challenge in the technical events like my fence, ride and shoot. I’m definitely pleased with a 16th place finish with such a competitive field. But lots to work on as well – to get faster, stronger and more focused in the more technical events.”
JOHN HAWES (National Team Head Coach)
"Melanie's performance today was a big step forward. She started the day a little back after the fence and then swam to a personal best long course time. Her ride was once again one of her strong events starting dropping her into 11th place going into the combined. Her run was strong but she struggled in the shoot finishing in 16th place, improving on her 22nd place in World Cup #1 in Palm Springs, CA. Melanie will now begin a big training block in preparation for the summer competition schedule."
Results from World Cup #2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can be found on the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) Web site.
Pentathlon Canada governs the sport of pentathlon in Canada, supporting our provincial associations and national team athletes in building a supportive environment for our sport. Pentathletes compete in five sports – fencing, swimming, equestrian riding, and a combined run and shoot – in a one-day competition.