Kate French breaks modern women's pentathlon record




Britain's Kate French was in fifth place going into the final laser-run discipline of the Modern Pentathlon and after the first lap of four, she took the lead and kept extending it lap by lap until she crossed the line to win the Olympic title. Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite sprinted to a finish to claim silver, and Sarolta Kovacs of Hungary bagged the bronze.

The four-discipline event saw French score a personal best (2:10.18) in the 200m freestyle swimming leaving her eighth-place in the standings heading into the fencing. A solid performance saw her rise one place to seventh. The show-jumping event brought more joy for French as she finished the final discipline, before the combined laser run, in fifth place.

There was devastation for German pentathlete Annika Schleu, however, who went into the round with an impressive lead but dissolved into tears when her horse – which is randomly allocated in the pentathlon – refused a number of jumps and Schleu was soon out of contention.

This is the second Olympic medal for Asaksite having won gold at London 2012 with an Olympic record score but she couldn't get close to the Brit whose focus finally loosened when she was metres from the line and the smile broke through on crossing the line.

According to olympics.com. 

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