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Britain wins pentathlon bronze

Georgina Harland claims a bronze medal for Britain at the pentathlon World Championships

Following in the footsteps of Olympic British pentathlete Stephanie Cook, Georgina Harland claimedan individual bronze medal for Britain at the 22nd Women’s Pentathlon World Championships held at Stanford University, USA.

Georgina, who is currently Britain’s number one female pentathlete, staged an amazing comeback from 27th place after the first two events, shooting and fencing, to claim the final position on the podium.

A fantastic effort in the pool saw Georgina claim the second fastest time in the third phase, the swim, which combined with a successful ride, saw her rise 14 places up the leaderboard.

In 13th place at the start of the final event, the 3km run, Georgina produced an outstanding performance to jump up the leaderboard into third place.

Hungarian athlete Bea Simoka claimed gold, with her compatriot Szuzsa Voros taking silver.

Other British female individuals, Emily Bright and Sian Lewis, claimed 22nd and 27th places respectively, while in the team relay event (Georgina Harland/Emily Bright/ Joanna Clark) Britain finished sixth out of 14 teams.

In the men’s event, Matthew Barnes, who was competing in his first World Championships was the highest placed Britain in 24th place.

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