19 fencing wins gives Natalya Coyle solid start in modern pentathlon

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keefe won 16 of his duels and will have a rest day tomorrow before the men’s event is run off in full on Saturday.

Competitors during the women's fencing component of the Modern Pentathlon in Rio today.
Competitors during the women's fencing component of the Modern Pentathlon in Rio today.
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MEATH’S NATALYA COYLE came out of today’s opening fencing portion of the Olympic modern pentathlon in 12th place.

The 25-year-old won 19 and lost 16 of her duels, never getting stuck in a run of losses and finishing with six victories in her last eight to ensure a positive outcome on day one.

The ninth-place finisher at London 2012 amassed 214 points in total, 48 points off leader Oktawia Nowacka of Poland.

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Arthur Lanigan-O’Keefe’s results were a mirror image of his team-mate, the Kilkenny man took 16 victories and 19 defeats in fencing today.

The 24-year-old sits in 25th place with 196 points, 72 points off the Russian leader Alexander Lesun who set an Olympic record of 268 points with his 28 victories and just seven defeats.

Rio Olympics Modern Pentathlon Men Source: AP/Press Association Images

Coyle will hope to improve on her position when the Pentathlon really hits its stride tomorrow. Her 200m freestyle swim goes to the start blocks at 16.15 and she will see action in fencing, show-jumping and the combined run-shoot before the day is out.

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Lanigan O’Keefe can rest tomorrow before the men’s pentathlon goes full throttle on Saturday.

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