Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe has won a bronze medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup final in Kazakhstan.
Following on from Natalya Coyle’s fourth place finish on Friday in the women’s event, the Kilkenny man went one better and won a medal – a first for Ireland.
Modern pentathlon is made up of five sports - fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting - broken over two days.
Lanigan-O’Keffee lay in sixth place after the fencing on Thursday and then on Saturday he got himself among the medals after the swimming, horse riding and run-shoot in Astana.
The 26-year-old and Coyle are both double-Olympians having competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016 and the pair will be considered amongst the medal contenders should they make it as far as Tokyo 2020.
It was a South Korean one-two at the top of the podium, Jinhwa Jung finishing first and Woongtae Jun taking silver.
In May Coyle came second in a world cup event in Bulgaria to become the first Irish athlete to win a modern pentathlon medal at that level. The following day Lanigan-O’Keeffe won the men’s event to become the first Irish gold medallist.
.@ArthurLOK1 admits he had to show a lot of guts to win the historic bronze medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup final in Kazakhstan. pic.twitter.com/Ha0wSbXZpk— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) June 23, 2018
Developed by the father of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin wanted a sport that would test the all-round athlete and he came up with modern pentathlon.
He also had a cavalry officer caught behind enemy lines in mind when he chose to combine running, shooting, fencing, swimming and horse riding.
3RD IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL 😱— Arthur LOK (@ArthurLOK1) June 23, 2018
Can not believe it.... I left it all out there! I am also ranked 3rd in the World Ranking list 😱😱😱😱 OMG.
Let’s also not forget @Natalyacoyle finished 4th yesterday (she is amazing).
Thank you everyone for your messages and support 🙌🏻#YESSS pic.twitter.com/1Ml1nvkWRQ
The strongest athlete across all five disciplines combined is declared the winner.