Italy’s Elena Micheli won her semi-final heat in Cairo ©UIPM/Nuno Gonçalves

Italy’s Elena Micheli and Egypt’s Amira Kandil led their semi-final heats at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup in Cairo.

Micheli had led women’s qualification two days ago at the American University in Cairo and repeated the feat in the first semi-final.

The 2019 World Championship silver medallist was eighth in the fencing discipline, before posting the fastest swimming time.

Micheli finished with the 12th fastest laser run effort, with the Italian holding off Hungary’s Michelle Gulyas and Britain’s Jessica Varley.

Micheli ended top of the first semi-final standings on 1,081 points.

Gulyas and Varley completed the top-thee on 1,067 and 1,065 respectively.

The second semi-final saw Kandil end with the highest score, after a second place result in the swimming event and fourth in the fencing round.

The Egyptian, who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, finished with the 14th fastest time in the laser run.

The women's final will feature 18 athletes ©UIPM/Nuno Gonçalves
The women's final will feature 18 athletes ©UIPM/Nuno Gonçalves

She ended the day with 1,077 points, one clear of second placed Rebecca Langrehr of Germany and three ahead of Britain’s Emma Whitaker.

The top-seven athletes from each semi-final automatically advanced, with the next four best athletes across the two heats also progressing.

A total of 18 athletes will now compete in the women’s final on Saturday (March 26).

The men’s semi-finals will take place tomorrow, with the final held the following day.

The finals for every discipline will be completed within a 90-minute segment, under the new format for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

A mixed relay will be held on March 27.