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Three Canadians to Beijing in modern pentathlon

Canadian earns an Olympic berth in modern pentathlon this weekend

Canadian earns an Olympic berth, another has one of Canada's best results ever

Canada's Kara Grant, shown celebrating at Athens in 2004, qualified for the Beijing Games at the modern pentathlon world championships in Budapest. The competition combines the skills of shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian and running. ((Adam Butler/Associated Press))

Canada’s Kara Grant earned an Olympic berth and Monica Pinette turned in one of the best results in Canadian history at the modern pentathlon world championships this weekend in Budapest.

Pinette, who qualified for Beijing last year by winning a silver medal at the Pan American Games, placed 11th at worlds.

"It seemed like a very long and hard day, but I was able to be mentally strong for the whole 10 hours with no low moments," said Pinette, of Langley, B.C. "I am really proud that I could do this at such an important pre-Olympic competition."

Beijing will mark the second Olympic Games for Pinette, who will be looking to improve on a 13th place finish at the 2004 Athens Games. Grant, who placed 22nd in Athens, earned her way onto the 2008 Olympic team with a 26th-place finish at the worlds this weekend. That gives her enough international points to meet Olympic qualifying standards.

Canada’s third Beijing-bound modern pentathlete, Joshua Riker-Fox of Calgary, Alta., placed 18th at worlds. He’ll compete in his first Olympics in Beijing, a berth he earned by winning a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

"This is the largest field of pentathletes that Canada has qualified since Barcelona in 1992," said Angela Ives, president of the Canadian Modern Pentathlon Association.

Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne will make an official announcement later this month identifying the 72 modern pentathletes who will compete in Beijing, but Canada’s team is already set, as Pinette, Riker-Fox and Grant are the only Canadian candidates who have met Olympic standards.