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Other Sports - 14. May 2009.

Fell 10th as GB take team bronze in Hungary

Fell 10th as GB take team bronze in Hungary
Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell was Britain’s highest finisher at the third round of the 2009 women’s Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Szekesfehervar, Hungary today (Saturday).
 
Fell produced the fifth fastest combined run/shoot to climb from 18th place and end the day in 10th overall.
 
Her performance helped the British team of Fell, Katy Livingston and Mhairi Spence take bronze in the team competition behind winners Poland and second placed Hungary.
 
Spence came 13th overall in the individual contest with Louise Helyer 16th and Livingston 27th.
 
Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite produced a remarkable run/shoot to climb from 14th to first and take the individual gold, her second successive World Cup triumph.

Spence and Helyer both started the day strongly, winning 20 of their 35 fencing contests for joint eighth and 880 modern pentathlon points.
 
Livingston won 17 bouts for 808 points and 20th overall, while Fell’s 14 wins put her 25th after the first discipline with 736 points.
 
Helyer produced another good performance in the pool, clocking 2:17.38 for another 1152 points to move up to sixth.
 
Spence remained eighth with a time of 2:19.84 for the 200m freestyle swim, adding 1124 points to her total.  
 
Livingston was the fastest of the Brits. Her 2:16.80 was the fifth fastest of the day, propelling her from 20th to 11th after the second discipline.
 
Fell dug deep to produce a powerful finish over the last 25m for a time of 2:19.47 for 1128 points to climb from 25th to 21st.
 
All four Brits rode well. Helyer was one of six athletes to go clear in the allocated time in the equestrian arena, giving her the maximum 1200 points from that discipline. That pushed her up another place to fifth going into the run/shoot – the new climax to the modern pentathlon.
 
Team-mate Spence also rode well, dropping just 20 points to add 1180 to her total, pushing her up from eighth to sixth. Livingston matched Spence’s score to climb to 10th, while Fell matched Helyer’s perfect 1200 to climb to 18th.
 
So going in to the run/shoot, Amelie Caze, France’s reigning world champion, led the field – as she had done all day - with 3380 points, with three Brits in the top-10 – Helyer fifth on 3232, Spence sixth on 3184 and Livingston 10th on 3148 with Fell 18th with 3064.
 
Fell’s run/shoot of 12:49.95 was fifth fastest, earning her a further 2284 points for 10th overall. Spence recorded 13:34.95 with Helyer 14:02.93 and Livingston 14:37.41.
 
Lithuania’s Asadauskaite produced an astonishing run/shoot to climb from 14th place and take gold from Caze, who had to settle for silver. It means the Lithuanian has won back-to-back World Cups following her success in Cairo a month ago.
 
Results to women’s World Cup 3
Gold:  Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) – 5636 pts
Silver: Amelie Caze (FRA) – 5572 pts
Bronze: Evdokia Gretchichnikova – 5512 pts
10th: HEATHER FELL (GBR) – 5348 pts
13th: MHAIRI SPENCE (GBR) – 5288 pts
16th: LOUISE HELYER (GBR) – 5224 pts
27th: KATY LIVINGSTON (GBR) – 5000 pts
 
Team event
Gold: Poland
Silver: Hungary
Bronze: GREAT BRITAIN  (Heather Fell, Katy Livingston & Mhairi Spence)

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