Tuesday 26 March 2019

Irish pair prove to be golden duo

Modern Pentathlon

Natalya Coyle of Ireland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Natalya Coyle of Ireland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish duo Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe yesterday won gold in the mixed relay event at the modern pentathlon World Cup IV event in Poland.

Coyle and Lanigan O'Keeffe saw off their nearest pursuers from Germany and Kazakhstan with plenty of time to spare.

The Irish pair, both of whom finished in the top 10 in individual events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, were taking part in their first Mixed Relay of the 2017 UIPM season but there was no evidence of rust.

They went second-quickest in the swimming behind Japan (Rena Shimazu & Hikaru Shimano; 1:56.51), and then led from the front in the fencing ranking round.

Ireland did not have their best day on horseback, surrendering 30 penalty points as Hungary (Karolina Palkovics & Norbert Horvath) led the way with a score of 296.

But nothing could prevent them from both starting and finishing the laser-run out in front.

Setting out 15 seconds ahead of host nation Poland (Dominiak/Staskiewicz), 22 ahead of Korea (Kim/Seo) and 28 ahead of Germany (Schleu/Zillekens), they never gave the chasing pack a chance.

This was the fourth World Cup competition in the series and this season's World Cup final will take place in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius from June 22-25.

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