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Coyle and Lanigan O'Keeffe awarded World Championship bronze two years after event

The Irish pair have been bumped after a failed drugs test.

The pair have been bumped to bronze.
The pair have been bumped to bronze.
Image: Pentathlon Ireland/Twitter

TWO YEARS AFTER the event took place, Ireland has won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pentathlon World Championships.

The pair of Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe have been upgraded to third in the mixed relay at the event, which was held in Berlin, as silver-medalists Anna Burjak and Maksim Kustov have been stripped of their medal following a failed drugs test for the latter.

That moves the Americans Nathan Schrimsher and Margaux Isaksen into second with the Irish pair bumped up to bronze.

Lanigan O’Keeffe and Coyle have enjoyed considerable success on the circuit this year — winning the World Cup final last weekend — but, disappointingly, the mixed event will not form part of the pentathlon programme at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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