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Sensational Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe earns gold for Ireland at World Cup

It’s been a brilliant few days for Irish modern pentathletes in Sofia.

Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe (file pic).
Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe (file pic).
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

IRELAND’S ARTHUR LANIGAN-O’KEEFFE has sensationally secured a gold medal at World Cup 4 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The 26-year-old Kilkenny native, who came eighth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, enjoyed an excellent start and was in first place after the fencing and swimming events today.

He retained his lead after the horse riding and held his nerve during the final event, the laser-run, to claim a memorable victory.

In triumphing, Lanigan-O’Keeffe finished ahead of South Korea’s Woongate Jun (silver) and France’s Pierre Dejardin (bronze).

It’s been a brilliant few days for Ireland in Sofia, as Natalya Coyle earned a silver medal in the women’s event on Friday.

Both Lanigan O’Keeffe and Coyle are set to compete again on Monday in the mixed relay.

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