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Modern Pentathlon: Prentice claims first World Cup medal

April 18, 2011

Twenty-two-year-old Briton Freyja Prentice took bronze in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sassari, Italy, her best career finish to date with a score of 5332.

The young Brit added to her impressive record of finishing in the top-10 in each of the six rounds of the World Cup in which she has competed. Her previous best was at the Cairo World Cup in March last year where she came fifth.

Russian Donata Rimsaite claimed gold with 5388 with Anastasiya Prokopenko from Belarus took silver with 5368 points.

Going in to the run/shoot Prentice had to climb from 10th place in order to achieve the podium finish and performed well across all the disciplines in the final of the second World Cup of the year.

She said: “It was so close today. I just decided I had to focus on myself.

The world number 10 added: “It’s my first World Cup medal today and I just wanted it so badly.”

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Prentice was on top form as she became the second British woman to win a World Cup medal this year. Mhairi Spence won silver at the opening World Cup in the USA in February, a competition Prentice has to miss due to a chest infection.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “They all fought well today, but it was a fantastic step up for Freyja.

“This shows the depth we have within the British team,” he added. “But wherever we are at this point, there is still another step up to the top.”

Prentice won 25 of her 35 fencing bouts to score 1000 pentathlon points. Her performance was only bettered by Egypt’s Aya Medany with 26 victories.

She was the top Brit after the swim clocking a 200m freestyle time of 2:20:21 adding 1120 points to her overall score.

Prentice started the run/shoot 27 seconds behind the leader but halfway through the first run had climbed from 10th to fifth place.

In the third and final shoot of the day she got away in third and managed to hold on to her place to take the first World Cup medal of her career. Her time of 11:56.08 was the seventh fastest run/shoot of the day.

Spence was unable to capture the success she had had earlier in the year as she came in 16th with a score of 5156 and another Brit Katy Livingston finished 18th with 5120.

Prentice’s efforts come 24 hours after all four British men failed to make the final.

Modern Pentathlon World Cup 2 women’s results
Gold: Donata Rimsaite (Russia)  – 5388 points
Silver: Anastasiya Prokopenko (Belarus) – 5368 points
Bronze: Freyja Prentice (Great Britain) – 5332 points
16th: Mhairi Spence (Great Britain) – 5156 points
18th: Katy Livingston (Great Britain) – 5120 points

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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