Thursday 8 December 2016

Gold for Ireland's Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe at Modern Pentathlon World Cup

Published 09/05/2016 | 09:05

Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe celebrate
Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe celebrate

Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe enhanced their reputations as genuine Olympic medal hopes by taking gold in the Mixed Relay gold at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sarasota, Florida last night.

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The pair upgraded from the silver they won in the event last year as they continue their preparations for Rio.

"We feel pretty good," said Coyle. "Last year we had three silvers in World Cups so we were pretty damn hungry coming into this one and we're delighted.

"I love the Mixed Relay, I think it's fantastic to watch because it's male and female and it's such a different tempo. It's a great asset."

Lanigan-O'Keeffe added: "I train closely with Natalya all year round so it's great to compete together and we are a great team. Wherever one of us has a shortfall, the other seems to find an answer. So it's a great event for us."

The duo beat off competition from the Belarussian team of Katsiaryna Arol and Mikalai Hayanouski that pipped them to success 12 months ago.



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