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British pair make modest starts

August 11, 2012 12:50 pm

Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale both finished with 17 wins from 35 fencing bouts as they got their Olympic modern pentathlon campaigns under way at the Copper Box.

In this most unpredictable of sports, both British athletes began with hopes of a medal but 808 points was a little below par for Woodbridge in particular.

The world number nine was on top form to start with, winning his first five bouts and at one stage topping the leaderboard, but he tailed off and finished in joint 13th.

The format in pentathlon involves each of the 36 men fighting each other in one-minute bouts, with one hit enough for victory.

Weale's morning progressed in the opposite way to his team-mate's, with the 30-year-old losing seven of his first nine bouts but recovering to finish in the top half of the field.

Czech David Svoboda led the way with 26 wins and 1024 points, equalling the Olympic record.

World champion and gold medal favourite Aleksander Lesun of Russia and China's Cao Zhongrong were one win behind in joint second.

After completing the fencing, the athletes headed over to the Aquatics Centre for the second event of the pentathlon, the 200 metres freestyle swim.

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