Tasker misses out on final in Hungary

Luke Tasker finished 25th in group B with 1069 points
Luke Tasker finished 25th in group B with 1069 points

Luke Tasker missed out on a place in the men’s final of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Hungary last weekend.

With 89 men competing, qualification for the final in Kecskemét was a tough challenge, and Tasker, as well as Great Britain teammate Tom Toolis, missed the cut.

Athletes had to secure a top-eight finish in each of the three qualification groups to be sure of progressing to Sunday’s final, or be one of the next top-12 points scorers across the three groups.

Twenty-year-old Luke Tasker, from Waddington, contesting only his second World Cup, finished 25th in group B with 1069 points.

He started off with the fourth fastest swim time in qualification group B, clocking 2:02.50, but only won eight of his 29 fencing contests, dropping to 27th overall.

His run/shoot time of 11:59.84 promoted him to 25th, but that wasn’t enough for him to progress.

West Bradford’s Samantha Murray wasn’t in action, as teammates Kate French and Mhairi Spence contested the final.

The World Cup Final will be held between June 6th and 8th in Sarasota, Florida in the United States, before the Senior European Championships in Székesfehérvár, Hungary between July 8th and 13th.