Friday, 19 November 2010

Rookies of the year - Women

I guess among women the mean age is lower than men's and many pentathletes compete in both levels, junior and senior. This way, many young pentathletes are missing in this post because they took their first steps at senior level prior to 2010. So here we are considering only those who made their début in World Cup or Senior World Championships this year.

British Samantha Murray (born in 1989) had a succesfull season for the first time competing in big competitions, and finished the year ranked as #15. Murray had as best results a 4th position at WC4 (Hungary), 7th at WC3 (Great Britain) and 22nd at World Championships.

German Anne Hackel (born 1991) finished the year as #24. She reached the finals in all World Cups she participated - also in European Championships- , with an impressive 5th position at home (WC5). Hackel's countrywoman, Annika Schleu, also débuted in World Cups this year. It was at World Championships and European Championships that Schleu had her best performances, finishing 13th in China and 15th in Hungary. From China we have Ye Zhang (born in 1991), who like Hackel managed to qualify to all finals in the events she entered. Zhang finished as 22nd at World Cup Final (Moscow, Russia) and 29th at World Championships (Chengdu, China) and now is currently ranked as #41.

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