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Spence takes gold in Rome

May 12, 2012 20:30 pm

Great Britain's Mhairi Spence achieved the Olympic qualifying standard in style by winning gold at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Rome.

And her team-mate Samantha Murray also attained the standard by producing a terrific finish to take bronze.

It means three British women have achieved the qualifying standard to date after Freyja Prentice's impressive showing at last year's European Championships, although only two athletes per gender per nation can compete at the Games.

Spence, who went to Rome ranked fifth in the world, became the first British woman to win individual gold at the World Championships since Steph Cook in 2001.

And there was further success for Spence and Murray, who joined forces with Heather Fell to win team gold and take the team's medal tally at the championships so far to four following the team relay bronze won by Katy Burke, Kate French and Katy Livingston on the opening day.

Spence produced a tremendous run/shoot to climb from third place to first, overtaking France's three-times world champion Amelie Caze on the final one kilometre run.

The Scot had started the run/shoot in third, 37 seconds behind Caze.

However, she shot well and left the shooting range the final time just two seconds behind the Frenchwoman.

She overtook her early on in the final run and then pulled away.

"It's unbelievable, I'm just so happy," said Spence. "I've got a great team behind me. Everyone has worked so hard to get me here. We've worked really hard for this."

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