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GB pentathletes win silver fencing medal with Scotland team
British modern pentathletes Mhairi Spence and Louise Helyer helped Scotland
to a silver medal at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Australia.
The pair were members of the Scotland team that finished runners-up to the
host nation in the women¹s team epee competition at the championships.
Scotland beat Singapore 45/30 in the quarter-finals and then secured 38/31
win over England in the semis to set up the final, but the Australian team
took gold 45/28.
Spence just missed out on the medals in the individual women¹s epee,
finishing fifth in a field of 36 fencers. Having topped her pool by winning
all five of her bouts, she won her next two knockout contests before
suffered a quarter-final defeat at the hands of England¹s Jayne Crook.
Helyer finished 15th overall. Winning two of her five pool contests, she
finished fourth in her pool, a pool that included eventual gold medallist
Evelyn Halls of Australia. She then beat fellow Scot Kirsty Thomson in the
round of 32 before losing to New Zealand¹s Jessica Beer, who went on to win
Epee fencing is one the modern pentathlon disciplines, with each fencer
taking on every other fencer in the field to a score of one hit. In the
competition at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships athletes compete for
longer against the athlete they are drawn against.
In modern pentathlon, after the fencing athletes tackle a 200m freestyle
swim, a show jumping equestrian element and then a combined run/shoot, all
in the same day.