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Ireland fourth in pentathlon worlds
05 Jul 2015 22:10
Ireland's Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe have taken fourth place in the mixed relay at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Berlin on Sunday.
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The duo came 12th in the fencing event, before second-place finishes in the swim, riding and combined events handed them a final position just outside the podium places.
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Four seconds separated the Irish pair from third place and a bronze medal, although their earlier poor result in the fencing ultimately cost them a shot at gold.
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Natalie Dianova and Jan Kuf of the Czech Republic were crowned world champions, they overcame a four-second handicap heading into the combined event to pip Anna Burjak and Maxsim Kustov and leave the Russians, who had led for most for the day, with silver.
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The win was all the more special for Kuf as he had overcome a career-threatening injury - he broke his right forefinger fencing three months ago and had to undergo major surgery - to win the title.
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Third were the American pairing of Margaux Isaksen and Nathan Schrimsher.
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