Young Briton Freyja Prentice finished 12th in her first World Cup Final in
Moscow today (Saturday).
The 20-year-old was one of three young British women all competing at their
first World Cup Finals, with 20-year-old Samantha Murray coming 24th and
21-year-old Katy Burke 27th.
Gold went to Germany¹s Olympic champion, Lena Schoneborn, who added the
World Cup Final title to her three World Cup victories this year.
The World Cup Final is the culmination of the World Cup Series, with
qualification for the event based on performances at World Cup events.
³It was a very interesting day from our perspective,² said Jan Bartu,
Pentathlon GB performance director. ³We had a junior team of athletes here
and it was a massive experience for them competing against the top senior
athletes under pressure.²
Bartu was impressed by Prentice¹s run/shoot, which saw her climb from 19th
to 12th, while Murray performed well throughout the day up to a
disappointing run/shoot. Burke battled through the fencing, despite not
feeling 100 per cent.
Murray scored 16 wins from 33 bouts for joint 17th in the fencing, with
Prentice¹s 15 wins putting her joint 20th. Burke¹s 10 wins put her 31st
going into the swim.
Murray produced a trademark strong swim her 2:10.25 was the third fastest,
while Burke 2:13.13 was fifth. Prentice¹s 2:19.00 was 19th.
Burke produced another strong performance in the riding arena. She only had
one fence down, adding 1180 points to her total, but that was still only
enough to put her 21st going into the combined run/shoot.
Murray led the British challenge at this point. With two fences down and
some time penalties, she added 1148 to her total putting her eighth overall.
Prentice meanwhile went into the run/shoot in 19th place after taking 1136
points from the ride.
But it was Prentice who ended the day as the best of the Brits. Her 12:28.50
was the eighth fastest run/shoot, pushing her up to 12th overall. Burke¹s
13:30.10 was 27th putting her 27th overall, while Murray¹s combined event
time of 13:39.60 saw her drop down the field to 24th.
Tomorrow (Sunday) Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge contest the men¹s World Cup
Women¹s results 2010 World Cup Final
Gold: Lena Schoneborn (GER) 5348 points
Silver: Donata Rimsaite (LTU) 5292 points
Bronze: Elena Rublevska (LAT) 5272 points
12th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) 5052 points
24th: Samantha Murray (GBR) 4836 points
27th: Katy Burke (GBR) 4780 points
photo Cheltenham jockey club
photo Cheltenham Racecourse
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