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Gutkowski easily advanced to Saturday’s modern pentathlon final, which is not only part of the European Games, but above all this year’s most important European qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris.

Gutkowski developed an excellent starting position for the laser run with his victorious bouts in the spade competition. He started the competition at the AWF stadium in fifth position with a 15-second loss to Partyk Doug. The hearts of the Polish fans and coaches trembled only once when he made a mistake six times on the fourth shooting. He mastered his nerves and finished the distance in third place.

Gutkowski is one step away from winning a pass to the IO in Paris 2024. Nine nations will appear in the final, four French, three each of the British and Italians, two each of Germany and Hungary and one representative each of the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Switzerland and Poland. As a reminder, there are eight places to be allocated, but one qualification per country.

The second of the Poles, Sebastian Stasiak (KS Olimpia Zielona Góra), was only 15th. A place closer was Pavels Svecovs, who won the fencing bonus round in nice style and swam decently. The Latvian could not withstand the hardships of the race and, starting from second place, fell 12 places in the classification. In plus the attitude of Csaba Bohm has to be noted. The Hungarian won the laser run and swam the fastest 200 freestyle – 1:58.70.

Advancing from the second semi-final were: Bohm (Hungary), Charles Brown (Great Britain), Gutkowski (Poland), Matteo Cicinelli (Italy), Patryk Douge (Germany), Valentin Belaud (France), Christopher Patte (France), Roberto Micheli (Italy), Balazs Szep (Hungary).

The equestrian final on Saturday 1 July, starting at noon.