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Schoneborn wins women's pentathlon

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Lena Schoneborn of Germany won the gold medal in the women's Olympic modern pentathlon, finishing ahead of Great Britain's Heather Fells.

The 22-year-old Schoneborn compiled 5,792 points for the five stages - the 10m air pistol shooting event, a one-touch epee fencing competition, a 200m freestyle swim, a horse ride show jump, and a 3000m run.

Fell earned the silver by coming in 40 points behind Schoneborn, while Victoria Tereshuk of the Ukraine was third with 5,672 points.

Schoneborn started the run 19 seconds ahead of Fell, who got within nine seconds of first place at one point, only to fall back. Schoneborn was ninth in the run, while Fell was fifth in the final of the five events.

"I know the British girl is a good runner, so it was going to be tough," said Schoneborn. "I knew she was behind me, but I tried my best and I finally made it. It was a tactical run. I knew she was 19 seconds behind so I kept looking over my shoulder for her."

Sheila Taormina was the top American in the field in 19th place with 5,304 points, though she won both the swim and the show jump. Her downfall came with a 28th-place showing in the shooting and a last-place finish in the fencing. Taormina had 496 points for the fencing part, of which Schoneborn had 1,072 for a first-place mark.

"The main thing was fencing, it was enormous," said Schoneborn. "It was the basis for my win. Then, I had a great swim and a good horse."

The 39-year-old Taormina broke the Olympic swimming record by going 200m in 2 minutes, 8.86 seconds, smashing the old mark of France's Amelie Caze (2:14.24).

Caze, who was the gold medal favorite as the 2007 world champion, finished in ninth place.

Defending Olympic champion Zsuzanna Voros of Hungary was 20th.

Margaux Isaksen of the U.S. was 21st.

08/22 10:02:09 ET

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