Aussie pentathlete gets Olympic selection

Steve Larkin
Modern pentathlete Marina Carrier will represent Australia at Tokyo 2020 after a huge slice of luck

Australian modern pentathlete Marina Carrier has gained Olympic selection after New Zealand opted against sending a female athlete to contest the event in Tokyo.

Carrier, a 23-year-old medical student from Sydney, finished second behind New Zealand's Rebecca Jamieson in the pentathlon's Oceania qualifying event in China last November.

But New Zealand has not taken the quota spot, meaning Carrier is assured of selection for the Tokyo Games starting late July this year.

Carrier joins Australia's Ed Fernon as contesting the modern pentathlon in Tokyo, with the nation's defending women's champion Chloe Esposito not competing due to her pregnancy.

Carrier battled injuries last year including a fractured thigh bone after making two World Cup finals in 2018.

"An injury like that means you can't train and put in the work you know you need to," she said on Tuesday.

Before New Zealand's decision not to send a female pentathlete, Carrier had planned to seek the ranking points to earn Olympic selection at looming events.

"Securing my spot now means rather than chase points, I can focus on getting in a big training block at home and plan out my competitive year exactly according to what suits me," she said.

"I'll be much more rested, stronger and much more prepared by the time Tokyo comes around."