University of Bath graduate Kate French produced the best individual performance of her career to date to finish fourth at the World Cup Final in Sarasota.
The Sports Performance graduate qualified for the event through her performances at individual World Cup rounds this year.
French was never out of the top-10 overall positions throughout the day and came home in fourth place in Florida, just 10 seconds off a podium place.
Jan Bartu, performance director of Pentathlon GB, which has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath, said: “Fourth was a fantastic result, especially as Kate is in full training at this point and there was no special preparation for this competition.
“It was another very promising performance by Kate,” he added. “She was competing against some really fierce athletes in Sarasota and was very close to breaking into the medals.”
Gold went to Poland’s world number four Oktawia Nowacka, who has medalled at all three World Cup series events this year. She held off Lithuania’s London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Laura Asadauskaite to take the title, with world number two Qian Chen from China taking bronze.
Further details are available at the Pentathlon GB website.