Ireland's Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe has won gold at the European Modern Pentathlon Championships in Bath and has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Lanigan-O'Keeffe finished the event on 1,487 points, 11 clear of France's Valentin Prades.

The Irishman took the lead heading into the final round, the combined running and shooting event, following strong performances in fencing and swimming and showjumping.

In second place heading into the showjumping round, a clear round aboard his horse Davis saw Lanigan-O'Keeffe pick up 295, dropping just five for time-delay, enough to put him into first place.

A 16th-place finish in the final round was enough to see Lanigan-O'Keeffe secure European gold and his ticket to Rio de Janeiro.

“It basically means the world to me, our whole season has been focused on peaking at this one moment and we peaked at it so it gives me great confidence going into Rio,” Lanigan-O'Keeffe said afterwards.

“I’ve now qualified for the Olympics, I’m the European Championship, it’s pretty much up there with the top days of my life. I am so delighted, it’s amazing.”

Ireland's Natalya Coyle will have the chance to join Lanigna-O'Keeffe on the plane to Rio when she takes part in the women's final.