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Congratulations to Bath alumna Mhairi Spence

01 March 2011

University of Bath graduate Mhairi Spence made a stunning start to the modern pentathlon season by winning silver at the opening World Cup of the year in Palm Springs, the USA on Saturday.

Spence captured the second World Cup medal of her career in a performance that was only bettered by Amelie Caze, France’s three-times world champion.

The 25-year-old’s only other World Cup medal was a bronze won on home soil at Medway in April last year.

And in a terrific day for the University of Bath-based British pentathlon programme, the other three women competing in Palm Springs all secured top-10 finishes, with Katy Burke just missing out on the medals in fourth, Samantha Murray finishing seventh and Heather Fell 10th.

Spence, originally from Inverness but now living and training in Bath, produced a solid performance throughout the day and ended with a strong run/shoot, holding off a late challenge from Germany’s Olympic gold medallist Lena Schoneborn.

“In the combined event I had to focus on my running as I could hear the long legs of Schoneborn behind me,” said the Coach Education and Sports Development graduate. “I was so tired, but luckily the end of the run was downhill and it gave me a bit of courage to just go for it.

“Winning silver means a lot to me. I missed out on the World Championships team last year and that made me even more determined. I trained extra hard during the winter and it has paid off.”