World champ Spence takes bronze at Budapest World Cup

11 May 2013

Britain’s reigning modern pentathlon world champion Mhairi Spence won her first World Cup medal of the year, taking bronze in Budapest today (Saturday).

The 27-year-old London 2012 Olympian came home in third place behind the Ukrainian duo of Ganna Buriak – who won back-to-back World Cups – and Victoria Tereshuk, the Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist.

Budapest was only Spence’s second World Cup since London 2012 and her performance was a marked improvement on her 33rd in Rio in March. It came a day before the anniversary of her World Championships victory in Rome last year. Team-mate Katy Burke finished in 22nd place today.

Spence and Burke are both University of Bath graduates and train at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Mhairi really produced a competitive performance today and she deserved third 100 per cent. It’s 12 months since she won her World Championships and this was another exciting day.”

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