Hungarian women win European modern pentathlon

08:38, July 20, 2010      

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Competition hosts Hungary won gold in the women's relay event at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, on Monday.

Hungary, whose team comprised Leila Gyenesei, Adrienn Toth, and Sarolta Kovacs, were out of the medal positions in the eight team competition after losing to Poland 7-2 in the fencing event but recovered strongly during the second swimming event (3 times 100 meters) to seize the lead.

After the horse-riding trial, Hungary slipped to second behind the Czech team but again stormed back in the final combined run- shoot event to win the title.

Hungary finished on 5366 points ahead of Germany (Lena Schoneborn, Eva Trautmann, Annika Schleu) on 5324 points and Poland (Paulina Boenisz, Sylwia Czwojdzinska, Katarzyna Wojcik) on 5300.

The young Hungarian team won the World Championship title in 2008 with the same threesome, although the competition had a different format for the running and shooting disciplines then.

"This title means more as we weren't really expecting it. Each of us excelled particularly in the shooting which got us the gold, " said Leila Gyenesei after the competition.

On Tuesday, the closing event of this year's modern pentathlon European Championships features the men's relay event.

Source: Xinhua


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