Live blog – Modern Pentathlon European Championships day 2

19 August 2015

The Modern Pentathlon European Championships – a qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – are taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village all week.

It is the team relay competitions on Wednesday, with former World Champions Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence (pictured) teaming up for Pentathlon GB in the women’s event. Business Administration graduate James Myatt and Sam Curry, a Politics and International Relations student, compete in the men’s relay.

This page will be updated throughout the day with results, reaction and pictures. Tickets are still available for this week, starting at just £1 for under-18s and £6 for adults. Visit for details.

5.45pm: RUN/SHOOT – MEN: Brilliant shooting from Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy and equally impressive running from Yuriy Fedechko sees Ukraine take the gold medal, six seconds ahead of Hungary, while Italy hold off fast-finishing Brit James Myatt to complete the podium. Russia, who led going into the combined, finished fifth.

4.45pm: RUN/SHOOT – WOMEN: It’s gold to Germany after a stunning run/shoot from Annika Schleu and individual World Champion Lena Schoneborn. They finish well ahead of Russia, while Lithuania hold off a brave effort from Mhairi Spence – who gained the bronze-medal on the first of her two circuits – to take the final podium place.

Schoneborn said: “We both knew we were strong in the run/shoot so we were confident. Annika gave us a really good start and I had a strong first shoot, so I was able to really enjoy it after that.

“It is a very nice venue. The pool is good and we have been told the jumps will be a bit higher for the individual finals which I am looking forward. The fencing did not go great for me but the hall was very nice and hopefully we will have a good crowd there cheering us on this weekend.”

Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina said: “We are quite happy with the result. First would have been better but second is not bad either! My glasses steamed up on the second shoot and I couldn’t see what I was doing.”

Men’s combined coming up at 5.30pm.

3.30pm: RIDING – MEN: Russia produce the only clear round to open up a lead in the overall standings going into the combine run/shoot, which has been delayed due to the weather conditions. Hungary drop just one time penalty but previous leaders Ukraine drop 18. Pentathlon GB’s Sam Curry and James Myatt knocked down five fences between them and go into the combined run/shoot in fifth place.

Rain made for challenging conditions in the riding

Rain made for challenging conditions in the riding

2.45pm: RIDING – WOMEN: There is frustration in the rain for Great Britain as two refusals at the first fence for Samantha Murray on Daisy plus a clip of the last fence by Mhairi Spence on Fly sees them drop to fourth overall. Russia go clear to move to the top of the rankings but only 18 points separate them from Britain, with Germany second and Lithuania third. It is all set up for an exciting run/shoot!

Ireland’s Sally McCarthy is among the many athletes impressed with the University of Bath’s staging of the competition so far.

“The course is lovely and I think the organisation is brilliant, especially down in the warm-up arena,” she said.

“The venue is amazing, really really good. It’s brilliant to have everything under one roof. And then we’re living so close by too, it makes everything easier as you can just go back to your accommodation.

“I have to say all the volunteers have been great, it’s been the best competition I’ve been to – I’m really impressed.”

Hungary's Bence Harangozo watches on as compatriot Istvan Malits fences against Britain's James Myatt

Hungary’s Bence Harangozo watches on as compatriot Istvan Malits fences against Britain’s James Myatt

12.30pm: FENCING – MEN: Russia and Ukraine both record 21 wins from 36 bouts to top the fencing rankings – they are also level on points at the top of the overall standings. Italy and the Czech Republic are third and fourth respectively in the fencing, as well as overall, while Great Britain will go into this afternoon’s ride fifth overall.

Mhairi Spence watches on as Samantha Murray fences against Belarus

Mhairi Spence watches on as Samantha Murray fences against Belarus

10.30am: FENCING – WOMEN Another fantastic performance from Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence sees the British duo record their second win of the morning to extend their overall advantage over Germany. The Brits win 27 of their 42 bouts, two more than second-placed Russia.

Next up for Murray and Spence, who also won both their bouts in the bonus round, is the ride at 2.45pm – come along to the University of Bath and give them your support!

Current World Champion Lena Schoneborn, who won Olympic gold at Beijing 2008, finished third with team-mate Annika Schleu. Schoneborn said: “We did well and we are happy with the result.”

Russia finished runners-up with 25 wins but Ekaterina Khuraskina said: “We are not very happy, we should have done better.”

Spectators great the men's relay teams to the London 2012 Legacy Pool

Spectators great the men’s relay teams to the London 2012 Legacy Pool

9.55am: SWIMMING – MEN A thrilling race sees less than half-a-second separate the top four in the men’s 200m freestyle. Italy’s Tullio De Santis and Valerio Grasselli, the latter a gold medallist from yesterday, just hold off a charge from GB’S Sam Curry, who was given a good start by James Myatt. Ukraine are just two-hundredths of a second behind in third with Russia fourth.

Curry said: “We really wanted to catch Italy, it’s a shame I couldn’t quite get him but it was an exciting race.”

The Brits were greeted by a huge cheer when they were introduced pre-race and Curry said: “We were trying to keep our serious faces on but we both had to smile when that cheer went up. It’s really great to have the home crowd behind us.”

Samantha Murray touches the wall first in the swim

Samantha Murray touches the wall first in the swim

9am: SWIMMING – WOMEN It’s a great start to the day for Spence and Murray as they win the 200m freestyle swim in the London 2012 Legacy Pool by more than four seconds. University of Bath graduate Spence said: “We are pleased with that. Sam is very useful team mate to have!”

Italy, with mixed relay gold-medallist Camilla Lontano in the team, finish runners-up. Team-mate Francesca Gandolfo said: “We’re not particularly happy. As a team we didn’t swim well – it was two seconds slower than the time we set at the World Championships.

“But that’s the swimming finished – now we must do our best in the fencing. Me and my team-mate are strong in fencing and so we hope to claw some points back there.”

Lithuania’s Lina Batuleviciute and Emilija Serapinaite are third. “It was good swim – third place, we are happy with that.”

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