A highly commendable 18th for Tara’s Natalya Coyle at the World Cup Series 1 finals in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was Ms Coyle’s best ever result in the World Cup series.
The Trinity College student, who had one refusal in the show jumping arena, finished 25th in that event but thanks to some excellent work in the shooting and running ended the competition 18th of the 36 starters.
Natalya later told her Twitter followers : “So happy! Ran from 25th to 18th for my best World Cup finish, and a pb in the combined of 25seconds “
The Gold Medal went, as expected, Germany’s Lena Schoneborn.
The Olympic Champion fought off stiff competition from Mhairi Spence (GBR) who won silver and Anastaysia Prokopenko (BLR) broke the world shooting record to come from 18th place to win bronze.
Schoneborn, the Olympic Champion, and World #1 who is making winning World Cups a habit stated: “I am very relieved that I got through the first competition of the year.
I love coming to the USA, so I am excited to win this medal in front of the American crowd. I had a hard winter training in Colorado Springs which certainly helped.
Winning the fence set me up great for the rest of the day and I rode that momentum. Mhairi pushed me hard in the run, my quick last shoot made all the difference.”
Spence, who matched her silver medal performance from World Cup #1 last year said: “I am really happy and overwhelmed, I had a good day and it was nice to finish well and kept it all together. In 2011 I had a breakthrough year, but I knew I could improve, so I went away in the off season and worked on a lot of little things and it has paid off.”