'James Bond' pentathlon has licence to thrill

Modern pentathlon was hailed as a "James Bond" sport on Sunday as the gruelling multi-discipline event brought the curtain down on the London Olympics.

Joel Bouzou, the head of the sport's governing body, the UIPM, insisted that the contests in London proved the event's popularity despite two failed attempts by Olympic chiefs to have the sport dropped from the schedule.

"I watched some programmes this morning in the news. Journalists were saying this is a James Bond sport," said Bouzou of modern pentathlon which combines fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running.

"I have never heard that before. We hear of the messenger from Napoleon times, some people speak of military education but it's in the past. This is a James Bond sport, it's true."

Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania was crowned women's champion on Sunday, the last of the 302 gold medals to be awarded at London 2012, with a new Olympic record.

On being the first Lithuanian woman to win a medal in modern pentathlon she said: "I am enormously happy, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can't imagine how it feels for me to win gold."

Great Britain's Samantha Murray took the silver with Brazil's Yane Marques coming in third.

Asadauskaite, the 28-year-old world number one, proved too strong for fellow leader Marques in the combined running and shooting climax, taking gold with a record total of 5,408 points.

Murray, who had set off eight seconds adrift in fourth, put in a gritty effort in front of a near 23,000-capacity crowd at Greenwich Park, but had no answer to the winner.

The 22-year-old local girl took silver with a points haul of 5,356.

Brazilian military officer Marques (5,340 points) had set off at the same time as Asadauskaite but like Murray was unable to cope with the winner's strength in the three 1,000m-lap finale.

Asadauskaite, married to two-times Olympic medallist Andrejus Zadneprovskis, missed all of 2010 following the birth of her first child, but regained top spot in May.

The world record for the five-pronged event of 5,600 points is held by Germany's Lena Schoneborn, the defending champion who had to settle for 15th place.

Schoneborn had also held the previous Olympic best when scoring 5,792 four years ago in Beijing.

Asadauskaite put herself in line for gold after a solid performance in the riding phase, knocking just one fence down, and crucially in the finale proved quicker at hitting her targets with the laser gun than Marques.

She was in third after the opening fencing leg, and fourth after the swimming in which Hungarian Sarolta Kovacs set a new Olympic record.

Kovacs timed the 200m freestyle test in 2min 8.11sec, to lower the previous benchmark of 2:08.86 posted by Sheila Taormina of the United States in Beijing four years ago. She eventually trailed in 33rd.

Asaudauskaite's win came 24 hours after David Svoboda of the Czech Republic landed the men's event.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • PSEi breaches 8,000 level, but profit-taking pared most gains

    [caption id="attachment_257092" align="alignleft" width="150"] PSEi breaches 8,000 mark (PSE photo)[/caption] Local share prices surged on a slew of positive news from abroad, sending the Philippine Stock Exchange index past the 8,000 mark for the first time in history. BDO Unibank chief market strategist Jonathan Ravelas said the market rose due to “positive foreign equity portfolio flows and Fed Chair Yellen’s comments last week reiterating thethat the FOMC will be data dependent and …

  • Abandoned, hard-up husband hits P60-M Lotto pot

    Lady luck finally smiled on a hard-up tricycle driver, who endured being abandoned by his wife and seeing his children drop out of school before hitting the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) 6/45 Lotto jackpot worth nearly P60 million. PCSO acting chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the 29-year old lucky bettor hit the jackpot in the March 20 draw by correctly picking the winning numbers 02-03-14-22-29-30, which corresponds to the birth anniversary dates of his family members. …

  • News In Brief

    P/$ RATE CLOSES AT P44.80/$1The peso exchange rate closed  lower  at P44.80  to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P44.76  last  Friday.  The weighted average rate  unchanged  to  P44.796  from  P44.796.  Total volume amounted to $340.6 million.PUMP PRICES RAISED THIS WEEKThe pump prices of gasoline products will be raised by P1.10 per liter this week and diesel by P0.60 per liter, according to the oil companies. In an advisory to the media, the oil …

  • Need for modern national sports complex underscored

    Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara yesterday pushed for the construction of a “state-of-the-art” and “highly scientific sports complex” that can be used by the country’s national athletes for high-level training and total wellness program. Angara, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports, said the government should at least provide decent support to its athletes by providing them with ultramodern sports venues and facilities if it wants them to improve the country’s …

  • Makati mayor slams PNP’s role in mayoralty row

    Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay denounced what he called apparent “misuse” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) force in the implementation of “selective suspension” of government officials not allied with the ruling party. Binay said he sympathizes with PNP personnel who often got caught in the middle of political conflicts, and called for an end to dirty political tactics. [caption id="attachment_257243" align="aligncenter" width="648"] THANKSGIVING MEAL – Vice President Jejomar C. …

  • EVAP warns of unscrupulous foreign electric vehicle suppliers

    The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines  (EVAP) has cautioned local manufacturers and end users against unscrupulous foreign EV suppliers that are flocking into the domestic market. In a sunrise industry like the electric vehicle industry, EVAP stressed that choosing the right partner or supplier is a difficult task. “In the absence of any track record to review, an end user is at a loss as to how to choose a reliable and competent supplier,” said Atty. Bodie Pulido, EVAP …

  • Mayors laud bill increasing tax revenue allocation for LGUs

    The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) is backing the proposed increase in the annual automatic allocations for local government units (LGUs) to boost inclusive growth with improved infrastructure, modernized agriculture and easier access to resources. Mayor Jess Burahan, secretary-general of the LMP said the empowerment of LGUs through added resources is a game changer in boosting inclusive growth. …

  • Freeze order against Jinggoy assets final; Bong guards face raps

    The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has turned down with finality the plea of Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada to lift the freeze order on his properties amounting to more than P183 million. In a resolution released yesterday, the Fifth Division denied Estrada’s motion for reconsideration that sought that the court lift its writ of preliminary attachment/garnishment that was issued on February 17 that ordered the freeze of his properties. “As movant has not filed a counterbond and his arguments …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options