Germany's Annika Schleu was the top qualifier for the final ©Getty Images

Annika Schleu emerged as the top qualifier in the women’s event at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup season in Kecskemét.

The German athlete featured in the first qualification group in the Hungarian city today.

Schleu finished fifth in the fencing event, before ending ninth in the swimming discipline to boost her chances of qualification.

A strong performance in the laser-run saw Schleu end the day with the highest number of points, topping the standings on 1,008.

She was followed in the first qualification group by Britain’s Kate French and China’s Yufei Bian, who ended with totals of 1,003 and 984 respectively.

The second qualification group was headed by home favourite Sarolta Kovacs, with the Hungarian achieving a tally of 1,003.

Germany’s Janine Kohlmann and Turkey’s Ipek Aksin completed the top three with 996 and 982 respectively.

Kate French impressed for Britain in qualification ©UIPM
Kate French impressed for Britain in qualification ©UIPM

The final group saw China’s Xiuting Zhong achieve the highest score, having ended with 1,007 points.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Chloe Esposito of Australia followed with 992, with London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania ending third on 989.

A total of 36 of the 76 athletes to begin the day were able to qualify for the final, which will take place on Saturday (May 5).

Men’s qualification will take place tomorrow.