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Modern Pentathlon: Schoneborn takes gold

Updated: Sunday, 10 Jul 2011 23:58

Podium finishers - Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania, Lena Schoneborn of Germany and Elodie Clouvel of France
Podium finishers - Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania, Lena Schoneborn of Germany and Elodie Clouvel of France

In the modern pentathlon, Lena Schoneborn of Germany produced an inspirational final run in the combined event to grab gold in the 2011 World Cup Final in London on Sunday.

In winning, the 2008 Olympic Champion gets direct qualification into the 2012 London Olympic Games to defend her title.

Former world number one Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania ran her way through the field to snatch silver on the back of a strong fence.

Swimming speedster Elodie Clouvel of France stepped out of her more famous team mate Amelie Caze's shadow to win her first ever international medal with bronze.

Schoneborn had an up and down day, having a strong fence where she finished second, then a disappointing swim and ride by her high standards which had her starting in seventh position for the combined event.

However it did not take her long to move through the field for her second consecutive World Cup Final gold medal.

Schoneborn's gold means she will jump back to the world number one position and she stated: 'I had a difficult ride, the horse and I didn't really match. I had a good shoot and run.

'I was lucky that I could out run Laura. I was surprised that I could keep up with her because I knew she was such a strong runner.

'It's so unreal to already qualify for London 2012 so I can defend my Olympic title, it has not sunk in yet.'

Ireland's Natalya Coyle finished in 20th place.

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