Esposito delays modern pentathlon comeback

Steve Larkin
Modern pentathlete Chloe Esposito will wait until 2020 to try and qualify for the Tokyo Olympics

Australia's Olympic modern pentathlon champion Chloe Esposito is delaying her bid to earn selection for next year's Tokyo Games.

Esposito, who became the first Australian to win Olympic gold in the multi-discipline event at the 2016 Rio Games, has opted against competing at the Asia-Oceania Championships in China next week.

Esposito, who had hamstring surgery earlier this year, will instead target next year's world titles and world cup events in her bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

The 28-year-old plans to race at world cup events from February next year, which are another Olympic qualifying mechanism.

Failing that, Esposito's last chance to make Australia's team for the Tokyo Games would be the world championships in late May next year.

Esposito elected not to risk any injury at the Asia-Oceania titles in Wuhan, China, an event where other Australians will seek to qualify for the July 24-August 9 Tokyo Olympics.

Australia's Marina Carrier will race in China on November 11, needing to complete the event and finish ahead of New Zealander Rebecca Jamieson to secure the Oceania qualifying slot for the Olympics.

Carrier, after competing in Europe in June, was diagnosed with stress fractures in a thigh bone. The 23-year-old resumed training last month.

"It wasn't a break and we caught it at a good time so that with rest and care it wouldn't become too serious," Carrier said.

In the men's event on November 12 Australia's Ed Fernon, a 2012 Olympian, is making a modern pentathlon comeback and will duel with compatriot Rhys Lanskey for Oceania's automatic qualification slot for the Tokyo Games.