Jo books place in world fi­nals

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Jo Muir has made it through to the fi­nals of the World Modern Pen­tathlon Cham­pi­onships for the first time in her ca­reer.

The Haugh of Urr ath­lete pro­duced a stun­ning laster run to se­cure a top 10 place in Mex­ico City.

The 24-year-old started off with fenc­ing but fin­ished with 11 vic­to­ries and 22 de­feats, giv­ing her­self an up­hill strug­gle for the rest of the day.

How­ever, she was quicker than Team GB col­league Kate French in the pool, fin­ish­ing in a time of 2:18.82 to move up to 25th in the stand­ings.

The top 15 fin­ish­ers in the group made it through to the fi­nal and it looked dif­fi­cult for Jo as she started the laser run 36 sec­onds be­hind the elusive spot.

But she is one of the best laser run ath­letes in the world, pro­duc­ing a great dis­play of run­ning and shoot­ing to cross the fin­ish line along­side Rio Olympian French.

That put the pair into the women’s fi­nal along with Team GB’s Francesca Sum­mers, who was tak­ing part in the sec­ond round of qual­i­fiers

The fi­nal be­gan on Tues­day with the fenc­ing be­fore the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day.

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