Elena Micheli topped women's qualification in Cairo ©Getty Images

Italy’s Elena Micheli achieved the top score in women’s qualification as the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup season began in Cairo.

The World Cup is the first to use the revamped format, which will be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Women’s competition began today with the qualification round, which saw 36 athletes booking their places in the semi-finals.

Micheli enjoyed an impressive day at the at the American University in Cairo.  

The 2019 World Championship silver medallist finished second in the fencing event after 17 wins and nine defeats, before achieving the fastest time of 2min 14.95sec in the swimming stage.

Micheli finished with the 19th fastest time in the laser run.

Her combined score of 1,080 points proved enough to top the qualification standings.

Britain’s Jessica Varley and Egypt’s Amira Kandil completed the top three, having accrued 1,064 and 1,057 points respectively across the disciplines.

France’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Élodie Clouvel was among the 36 qualified for the semi-final.

The women’s semi-final will be contested on Thursday (March 24), with men’s qualification the focus tomorrow while the men’s semi-final is anticipated for March 25.

The finals for every discipline - which will be competed within a 90-minute segment - will be held on March 26.

This means every champion will be crowned inside two hours.

The mixed relay will be held on March 27.

The pentathletes who record the best three results at the four legs will be considered to make up the 36 men and 36 women participants that will attend the World Cup finals in Turkey between June 23 and 26.