Pentathlon Ireland achieved their highest place finish at a World Cup competition in Italy on Tuesday when Natalya Coyle and Eanna Bailey finished fifth in the mixed relay event.

Progressing up the leaderboard throughout the day, the young team went into the final event, the combined run/shoot discipline, in eighth position, just 37 seconds behind the leading team.

In an exciting race that saw the medal positions change dramatically on each lap, the Irish athletes held their nerve on the shooting range and backed it up with competitive running performances which put Bailey in contention for the bronze medal on the last lap.

The experienced German athlete had too much left when the group of three athletes hit the track with 300m remaining and raced away to claim a the bronze medal.