The day started brightly for the home fans with local hero Spence producing a master class of fencing to win the fencing competition. Spence claimed 26 victories and 9 defeats, and was closely followed by Paulina Boenisz (POL) and double World Champion Caze, who were one victory behind. Other solid fencers were World Cup #2 Champion Evdokia Gretchichnikova (RUS) in 5th, Leila Gyenesei (HUN) in 6th and World #2 Rimsaite in 8th.
Gyenesei blitzed the rest of the field to easily win the swimming event. Gyenesei recorded an impressive time of 2:07.07 to beat Samantha Murray (GBR) and Caze by more than 2 seconds. Winner of the fencing Spence came a creditable 10th to stay within reach of Caze. Gyenesei’s great swim forced her way up to 2nd position after 2 events just behind Caze who maintains her lead by 36 points.
The Women had much more luck in the riding event that the Men did yesterday. Both Sylvia Czwojdzinska (POL) and Olympic Silver Medallist Heather Fell (GBR) had perfect rides to score 1200 points. Spence also had an impressive ride scoring 1180 to shoot her back to first position going into the combined event as Caze only managed 1120 and Gyenesei 1108.
Spence went into the combined event with a slender lead of 6 seconds over World #8 Caze with swimming winner Gyenesei and Samantha Murray (GBR) being a further 12 and 23 seconds back respectively.
The 1st shoot of the combined event the top 4 athletes all shot well and left as they started. Spence showed her speed in the first run to pull away from Caze and Gyenesei to have a commanding lead heading into the 2nd shoot. However Caze had by far the superior shoot and left well ahead of Spence with Gyenesei hot on their heels and Rimsaite moving up to 5th position after starting in 11th. It was another Brit who showed speed on the second run with young Murray overtaking Gyenesei to come into the last shoot in 3rd position with Caze still in the pole position. Caze was remarkably composed in the final shoot and again left 1st with a big gap back to Spence in 2nd. Murray and Gyenesei had major issues with their final shoot and fell right out of medal contention with Rimsaite seizing the opportunity to leave 3rd . Caze once more showed class on her run to take gold, Rimsaite capped off an extraordinary combined event to take silver and Spence thrilled the local crowd to grab the bronze medal.