Not the St Patrick’s Day present she was hoping for but after her recent fine result in Charlotte, Natalya Coyle was but one of the many European athletes who suffered from fatigue, as we read in this report from horsesportireland.ie:
‘’IRELAND’S Natalya Coyle finished 32nd in the Women’s Final of World Cup 2 in Rio yesterday
Coyle, who has produced three excellent performances in the last ten days, was below par today and was not the only athlete in the field to show signs of fatigue.
Coyle’s fencing showed elements of brilliance, scoring hits on some of the best fencers in the competition but fatigue was apparent and she finished the event with 12 victories and 22 defeats for 712 points and 31st position.
Onto the pool and Coyle was able to equal her time from the qualification competition of 2:22,21 giving her 1096 and moving her two places up the leader board to 29th.
Drawing a fairly lively horse, Coyle produced an assured display in the riding arena but was unfortunate to have four poles and a few time penalties. Her points total of 1100 saw her maintain her 29th position after the three events.
Heading into the combined run/shoot event, Coyle was 29th and two minutes and two seconds behind the overall competition leader. Despite improving her performance in the USA by seven places in the combined event, there was no ‘super’ shooting today and despite good efforts in the run/shoot event Coyle crossed the finish line in 32nd position.
Coyle will now return to Ireland for a well-deserved rest before a couple of weeks training in preparation for the 3rd and 4th World Cups of 2012 which will be held in Hungary and Russia in April.
Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe will contest the men’s final on Sunday after successfully coming through the qualification competition on Friday. Lanigan-O’Keeffe will be looking to improve on his 25th place finished from World Cup 1 last week in the USA.