Freyja Prentice and Kate French were the dominant forces at this weekend’s Swiss Women International competition in Bern with the Pentathlon GB pair taking respective gold and silver medals after both gave some excellent performances in the fencing and combined events.
23-year-old Prentice came two seconds faster than her teammate and compatriot French and the World No.35 will have been delighted with that result.
French, who was 2nd with both the epee and with her overall time in the combined, had lost valuable points in the ride and gave herself too much to do to catch up with Prentice in the run/shoot.
2013 Youth A World Champion Ieva Serapinaite was third overall with the teenage star claiming bronze ahead of another Lithuanian, Lina Batuleviciute. Batuleviciute was the fastest in the combined with a time of 13:45.20 and had scored a perfect 300 in the riding event.
Italy’s Irene Prampolini came fifth overall after she too had made no mistake on the horse. Tamara Alekszejev of Hungary finished her campaign in sixth with Britain’s Joanna Muir just behind her in seventh. The other Serapinaite, Ieva’s twin Emilija, was eighth, ahead of London Olympian Natlya Coyle of Ireland. Alessandra Frezza of Italy made up the top ten.