Natalya Coyle has finished 32nd in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships final.
As usual the final began with fencing and Coyle was in fantastic form, while others seemed to be suffering from nerves.
With quick and powerful attacks, Coyle caught many of the top athletes off guard - including current Olympic champion Lena Schonborn - and quickly notched up ten victories and just three defeats, putting her high on the leaderboard.
The high quality field meant that despite Coyle’s continued efforts she couldn’t maintain this form as others settled from their earlier nerves and Coyle suffered from some fatigue. Coyle finished the fencing with a very respectable 14 victories and 21 defeats for 736 pentathlon points and in 29th position.
In swimming, Coyle was seeded in lane six in the third of five heats. Coyle, who swam a personal best 2 minutes 20.12 seconds in the qualifying competition, was determined to break the 2.20 barrier for the first time.
Despite setting a new personal best of 2:20.11, Coyle was just short of the 2.20 mark. Coyle’s time was the 21st quickest in the competition and gave her 1120 pentathlon points and saw her move up one place on the overall leaderboard to 28th after the swimming.
Coyle rode well in the showjumping round and just roled two poles, giving her a score of 1160 pentathlon points and the tenth best performance in the arena. With other athletes having more costly rounds, Coyle capitalised and moved up the leaderboard to 23rd position after three events.
Starting in 23rd postition and 1 minute 1.23 seconds behind the overall competition leader, Coyle had a tough task to maintain her position as many of the athletes around her were vying for points for the team competition.
Coyle, who shot a perfect 15 from 15 in the semi-finals, has high standards in shooting and was disappointed with her times of 19, 21 and 19 for the series.
After a long day’s competition and her efforts in the qualifying competition, Coyle didn’t have much left in the tank for the running and struggled to keep up with the pace. She crossed the finish line in 32nd position.
Coyle was obviously dissappointed to lose so much ground in the combined event but her time of 12.20 was respectable.
Having only begun to compete internationally 18 months ago, finishing in 32nd position at the Senior World Championships is a huge step forward for Coyle.