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Esposito clinches women’s pentathlon gold with Olympic record

Australia’s Chloe Esposito made history in Rio 2016, winning the country’s first gold medal in modern pentathlon and setting a new Olympic record.

Esposito crossed the combined shooting/running finishing line first after starting 38 seconds behind leader Oktawia Nowacka of Poland, setting an Olympic record of 1,372 points. Elodie Clouvel of France was the second-best swimmer of the day, securing the silver medal. Nowacka held off China's Chen Qian by just six seconds in the final event to secure bronze.

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“I know combined is my strongest event,” Esposito said. “I just didn’t want to think about getting a medal, and I just thought ‘I am good at this event, I enjoy it the most, I'm gonna have fun with it’. For each event I have tasks and if I do those, then in my mind, I've won.”

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For silver medallist Clouvel, the host city is a special place: “Rio is a city that I will always carry in my heart. This is actually where I got my very first medal and first victory in the world championship in 2012. I have to thank all the people and all the supporters who worked together to make this a unique experience for all of us.”

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Nowacka, who put in a strong performance in fencing, was happy with bronze despite having been in the lead: “That was an incredible feeling and after a lot of hard work I’ve reached my dream. I always dreamed about winning a medal.”

Defending champion, Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite, was out of contention following an elimination in the show jumping, although she did manage to set an Olympic record in the combined shooting/running with a time of 12 minutes 1.01 seconds.

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