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Belarus wins bronze at Modern Pentathlon European Championship in Minsk

On July 18 Belarus began to host the European modern pentathlon championship. The first day of these competitions brought Belarus a bronze medal. Russians won silver while gold went to Germany.

Nine duos competed for the title of the champion of Europe in the women's relay. Belarus was represented by Ekaterina Orel and Tatyana Kholdoba. It took Katya a year to recover from a leg injury, and the Minsk start was her first outing into the big pentathlon world.

Ireland went ahead after swimming - the starting event. Belarus were the fourth and then in the fencing Belarusians found themselves in the 5th place. However, the most unpredictable kind - show jumping - allowed Belarus to become the leader.

Ekaterina Orel, bronze medalist of the European Pentathlon Championship in the relay race:
I fell down, my leg hurt, but I had to perform. I could not withdraw and let the team down. In any case, I had to run. Now my leg does not hurt.

In the last event - combo, which includes running and shooting, - Belarusians started from second position, next to Russians. Despite the pain, Orel ran fast enough, but the shooting was poor. Tatyana Kholodoba showed better shooting and kept third place until the finish.

Tatyana Kholodoba, the bronze medalist of the European championship in modern pentathlon in the relay race:
The shooting was good, stable. I was ready for that. Katya helped us and I tried to keep it.

Waldemar Marek De Makay, the head coach of the national team of Belarus in modern pentathlon:
Germans were strong. Third place is good. I think that this is not the last medal.

Belarus wins bronze at Modern Pentathlon European Championship