We had 56 pentathletes in women's semifinals, divided into two groups. In each group of 28 people, bottom 10 will miss the final in two days. Czech pentathlete Lucie Grolichová had health problems and did not start.
In Group A, French Elodie Clouvel was too consistent in swimming and fencing (1st and 3rd, respectively) and finished the group in first place, her team mate Arnaud was second and British Fell was third in the group. Kuznetsova was fourth after clocking the best time in combined event and world #1 Donata Rimsaite was 8th having topped the fencing event - and probably saved her energy in combined event, where she's a master. The last qualifying spot in the group went to Polish Nowacka, who denied her countrywoman Wojcik a place in the final.
In Group B, current European champion Cazé from France was the fastest swimmer, collecting 1200 points, and also the second best fencer (1 victory behind leader Tóth from Hungary) which helped her to just manage the lead in combined event to finish in the first place. Hungarian Pataki was second and Brazilian Marques was third, finishing just ahead of favourite Schöneborn. Chinese Zhang and Canadian Vakalis had a strong combined event and secured a place in the final. Struchtukova, Burke and Walesa were the biggest names to miss the final in this group, finishing in the last ten positions.
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