Schoneborn wins pentathlon gold at Budapest World Cup

09:13, May 10, 2010      

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Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany rides her horse at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Women's Final in Budapest, capital of Hungary, May 8, 2010. Schoneborn won the gold medal with 5,268 points. (Xinhua/Dani Dorko)

Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn from Germany won the women's gold medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup held in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday.

The German took gold while Amelie Caze of France finished in second place. Schoneborn's victory was built on a commanding performance during the fencing event in which she scored 28 wins and only six defeats. This was six more wins than Caze, her closest rival for gold.

Caze finished fourth in the swimming event, while Schoneborn came only 20th to set up an exciting climax. Schoneborn however had a perfect horse-riding event to give herself a comfortable 18 seconds lead going into the final combined event of the pentathlon, the run/shoot, a lead which was enough to give the German the gold medal.

Hungary's Leila Gyenesei passed Samantha Murray of Britain in the run/shoot event to take the bronze medal by three seconds. Murray had battled her way up from 10th to third during the run/shoot but failed to overtake the Hungarian at the line.

The men's final takes place on Sunday. The event was the fourth of a series of six World Cup competitions which finishes with the World Cup final in Moscow on June 18-20.

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