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Natalya Coyle seals ninth place finish in the women's modern pentathlon

Updated: Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 21:21

Natalya Coyle ended the Olympics with a spectacular finish for Ireland
Natalya Coyle ended the Olympics with a spectacular finish for Ireland

Natalya Coyle has finished in a  ninth place in the Women’s Modern Pentathlon to end the Olympic Games in brilliant fashion for the Irish team.

Coyle finished just 47 seconds behind gold medal winner Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania.

The Tara Olympian finished 11th in the fencing at the Copper Box with 19 wins to collect 856 points and was then 15th in the pool with 1132 thanks to a time of 2:19.17.

The riding event was Coyle star, finishing fifth best out of all the competitors with just 40 points taken away from the 1200 score as she tallied up just two faults.

Coyle was 11th going into the combined event and managed to break into the top 10 for a sensational achievement for the amateur having just taken up the sport a few years ago.

"It was like a dream today," Coyle said.

"I was 11th in the fence, best I've ever fenced, personal best in the swim, really good ride and I'm sure it was a personal best in the combined. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

"The crowd was unbelievable. All my friends and family came today and I'm just so happy."

Asadauskaite took gold as she stormed to a convincing win in the combined shoot and run finale of the one-day event to bag the final medal of the Games.

Britain's Samantha Murray, who was in fourth place after the first three events of fencing, shooting and riding, took the silver to a deafening roar from the home crowd.

Brazil's Yane Marques, who had gone into the shoot and run on level points with world number one Asadauskaite, stormed to an early lead after the first shoot but fell behind in the running laps around Greenwich Park, eventually taking bronze.

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Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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