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Modern Pentathlon: Heather Fell wins silver at the World Cup Final

October 5, 2008

In a outstanding day for the British Women’s Modern Pentathlon team, Heather Fell finished 2nd, Katy Livingstone 4th and Mhairi Spence 6th.The event which was the last event of the season took place in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal on Saturday.

Fell was sixth after the 10m air pistol shoot with a score of 185. She then went on to score 14 victories in the fencing before going on to produce the fastest time of the day in the pool. 2.10.96. This took her to second place going into the ride. Spence also produced a strong performance in the pool with a second fastest time of 2:13.36

Latvia’s Elena Rublevska led the field at this stage, and was then one of four riders to go clear in the show jumping for the maximum 1200 points, to keep her at the head of the leaderboard. Lithuanian’s Donata Rimsaite also went clear to leapfrog Fell into second. Fell meanwhile, had 56 penalties to drop to third overall.

Going into the final discipline, the 3k run, Rublevska had build up enough points to start 25 seconds ahead of Rimsaite, with Fell a further two seconds back.

Rimsaite overtook Rublevska on the first lap and then led to the end to take gold, with Fell then also catching the Latvian to round off her terrific 2008 with a World Cup Final silver. She clocked a time of 10:41.76 for the run for 1156 points.

Livingston’s 10:49.63 took her into fourth – she couldn’t quite do enough to catch Rublevska and add a World Cup Final medal to her World Championship bronze earlier this year.

Spence’s 11:18.96 meant she finished the day in sixth overall – equalling her position at last year’s World Cup Final in Beijing. Lena Schoneborn, Germany’s Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist, came ninth overall.

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister.
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Read our interview with Heather Fell
Read our interview with Mhairi Spence

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