08 December 2019
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Modern Pentathlon: Spence wins second World Cup medal of season

May 9, 2011

Britain’s Mhairi Spence won her second Modern Pentathlon World Cup medal of the season when she took bronze in Hungary on Saturday having been inside the top three all day.

British women have won medals at all three World Cups this year following Spence’s silver in the USA in February and Freyja Prentice’s bronze in Sardinia three weeks ago.

The 25-year-old produced a strong all round performance at World Cup Three in Százhalombatta to win the third World Cup medal of her career.

Spence went into the run/shoot at the head of the leader board following the withdrawal of France’s three-times World Champion Amelie Caze through injury.

Despite shooting well, she was overtaken by Egypt’s Aya Medany, who went on to take gold, and later by Germany’s Olympic champion, Lena Schoneborn, who took silver.

Spence, who rounded off her day by hitting all five targets in just 16 seconds on her last visit to the shooting range, said: “I’m really pleased with the result. My fencing was a lot better today and I performed quite solidly throughout the whole day.

“I’ve been working hard and I managed to hold my form and nail the things that really mattered today.”

Fellow Brit Freyja Prentice produced the fastest run/shoot of the day at Százhalombatta to climb from 31st to finish 10th overall, while Heather Fell came up with the third fastest run/shoot to climb from 30th to 14th. Katy Burke ended the day in 17th after having problems with her laser pistol in the warm-up ahead of the run/shoot.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Related stories:

Modern Pentathlon: Mhairi Spence secures World Cup silver in Palm Springs

Modern Pentathlon: Fell, Prentice and Murray take silver

GB Pentathlon: Fourth place finish for British women in team relay

…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

……………………………………………………………………………………………

Istvan Nemeth, GB women’s head coach said: “Mhairi had a minor hiccup in the middle of the fencing, but she closed the deal by winning her last three rounds. She had an excellent swim and she rode well.

“If Freyja and Heather could have added two hundred more points to their score in the fencing we would have had three in the top-eight.”

Making an impressive start to her campaign Spence finished third in the fencing behind Caze and Schoneborn. She earned 976 points from her 24 wins from 35 bouts which was just one win behind the top pair.

Spence said: “It was great to finally show my top fencing form during the competition. I fence like this every day in training.”

However the other three Brits left themselves with plenty of work to do after the fencing. Burke won 16 of her contests for joint 23rd place with 784 points. Fell and Prentice won 12 bouts each to put them joint 30th with 688 points.

Spence moved up to second behind Caze in the swim. Her time of 2:15.90 for the 200m freestyle was the ninth fastest and was worth 1172 points.

Spence kept up her challenge at the top of the leader board in the ride. Although she had the second fence down, she controlled a rather frisky horse well and completed the rest of the course with no further penalties. That meant she added 1180 points to her total to start the run/shoot on 3328 points – putting her 32 points and eight seconds behind Caze.

Burke also rode well. She clipped the fourth fence to lose 20 points from the maximum 1200 but maintained her 13th place overall. She went into the run/shoot 40 seconds behind Spence.

Prentice produced a stunning run/shoot with a time of 11:25.16 to climb to 10th. Fell’s time of 11:33.42 saw her climb to 14th overall, with Burke ensuring all of the Brits finished in the top-20 by ending the day in 17th. Her preparations were hampered by problems with her laser pistol ahead of the run/shoot.

World Cup 3 women’s final results
Gold: Aya Medany (EGY) – 5452 points
Silver: Lena Schoneborn (GER) – 5448 points
Bronze: Mhairi Spence (GBR) – 5404 points
10th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 5220 points
14th: Heather Fell (GBR) – 5192 points
17th: Katy Burke (GBR) – 5152 points

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
The Women’s Sport Magazine

Select a sport

Find out how to get started, training plans and expert advice.