Australia’s Esposito takes gold in women’s modern pentathlon

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Four years after finishing seventh and failing to medal in the women’s modern pentathlon, Australia’s Chloe Esposito took gold in the event Friday.

Esposito earned a total of 1372 points, edging out Elodie Clouvel of France and Oktawia Nowacka of Poland. Clouvel, who finished 31st in London, took silver with 1356 points and Nowacka bronze with 1349 points. Just missing out on a medal was China’s Chen Qian, who finished just six points behind Nowacka in fourth.

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While the three medalists were close in standings in regards to points earned in swimming, fencing (ranking and bonus rounds) and riding portions of the competition, it was the shooting and running portion that made the difference. Esposito scored a total of 570 points in those events, with Clouvel tallying 521 and Nowacka 502.

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Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite established a new Olympic record in the running/shooting portion with a combined time of 12:01.01, but the 2012 Olympic gold medalist finished 31st overall. 2008 gold medalist Lena Schoeneborn finished 32nd, with both she and Asadauskaite failing to finish the horse riding portion of the competition.

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Both Americans in the competition finished well out of medal contention, with Margaux Isaksen finishing 20th (1280 points) and younger sister Isabelle finishing 25th (1255).