LIMA, PERU – Amro Elgeziry was aiming for a medal in the men’s individual modern pentathlon final at the Pan American Games Lima 2019. Olympic Modern Pentathlon followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets online.
By a fifth-place finish, Elgeziry got a trip to his fourth-straight Olympic 2020 Games but his first for Team USA. The 32-year-old smiled as he crossed the finish line, securing the final qualification spot available for North and Central American athletes. Instants after he ran to kiss his wife fellow American Olympic modern pentathlete, Isabella Isaksen.
“It feels so great,” Elgeziry said. “It never gets old. The first or fourth time it’s always exciting. I’m very happy. It was a very successful day. Mission accomplished.”
Elgeziry, a native of Cairo, Egypt, has competed three times at the Games for his native country. He was in seventh incoming competition on Sunday after securing a 21-10 record in the early fencing rounds. The approximate 48-hour wait he endured to complete the other portions of the event failed to ruin his focus. This was illustrated by his swimming performance early Sunday morning.
Elgeziry, who holds the Olympic record in the swimming portion of this event, was the only athlete to complete the swim in less than two minutes. He positioned first overall with a 200-meter swim. The following closest competitor, Guatemala’s Charles Fernandez, finished over four seconds behind him.
“I came from a swimming background,” Elgeziry said. “I’ve always been good at swimming. It’s one of my good events. I always count on it. I got a good lead, and it helped me towards the end of the day.”
The swim helped him climb up to second before the bonus fencing round, where athletes attempt to win consecutive duels to shave precious seconds off their laser-run handicap time.
Elgeziry achieved to pick up one victory, a rapid touch to the torso of Brazil’s Danilo de Moraes Fagundes, to eliminate a second on his handicap time. He was then defeated by Fernandez, who ended up winning six consecutive bouts, more than any athlete.
“It’s pretty tough because you can be with other people,” he said. “So I can see what’s going on. I try to focus on what I’m doing right at the moment. I focused on the run. I pushed a little bit so I can catch up for what I missed.”
Sedentary two total points late Fernandez, Elgeziry scaled on his assigned horse and entered the jumping course. After drumming the first gate, he rode his horse, Reaction, smoothly through the rest of the course. His entire score of 289 for the trip was the fifth finest of the event.
He glided down to the No. 3 seed as he entered the final event of the modern pentathlon, the laser-run. However, thanks to his bonus fencing around, his handicap time was only five seconds.
When unconfined from the initial line, Elgeziry sprinted toward his first series of boards. He started abruptly, hitting four of five targets on the first try. But as he ran his first lap and reentered the range, his accuracy fell. His struggles continued on the third series.
“I was just focusing on what I needed to do, just let it go,” he said of the second series. “I still had two more shootings and two more 800-meter so a lot happen. I just stayed focused and got it done.”
In both sets, it appeared as if the third of the five targets was the issue. Nonetheless, he remained poised and regained confidence on the final series
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