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Ireland's Natalya Coyle.
Ireland's Natalya Coyle.
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Ireland's Natalya Coyle qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Meath woman finished eighth at the European Modern Pentathlon Championships.
Aug 11th 2019, 7:01 PM 8,232 3

IRELAND’S NATALYA COYLE has qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The Meath native finished eighth at the European Modern Pentathlon Championships, earning a qualification spot for next year’s Games in doing so. It will come as her third of such after finishing in the top 10 at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Coyle and Sive Brassil — who finished 16th — competed in the women’s individual final in Bath, England after scoring 1,022 and 1,028 points respectively in Friday’s semi-finals.

But just Coyle landed one of the eight women’s Tokyo 2020 qualification places on offer today with 1,335 points to her name.

“I’m over the moon,” the 28-year-old said afterwards. “The day went so well even though I was really nervous about qualification. I was a little rocky at the start of fencing but pulled it back in the middle.

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“Then the horse riding went really well and I just gave it everything in the Laser Run. I knew I needed a solid run/shoot to finish it over. I can’t describe how happy I am.”

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe battled through injury to finish 25th in yesterday’s men’s individual final.

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