Fell fails to make real impression in high-class Kremlin Cup
HEATHER FELL finished down the field in 17th place in the women's modern pentathlon at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Tavistock's Fell was the sole Briton in the 24-strong women's field and amassed 5,028 points from the five-event discipline.
Gold went to Germany's Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn with 5,412 points followed by another of modern pentathlon's established nations Hungary, whose Sarolta Kovacs's 5,368 points took silver.
Russian Donata Rimsaite on 5,332 points took the final podium spot.
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The 29-year-old ,Plymouth-born Fell's last overseas outing prior resulted in a morale-boosting runners-up spot in the World Cup Final in Chengdu, China.
But Fell has failed to qualify for this year's Olympic Games in London after finishing a close second behind Schoneborn at Beijing four years ago to return with a silver medal.
Fell failed to get into the top 10 in any of the five events in Moscow – fencing, swimming, riding and combined run/shoot – albeit in a high-class field.
Schoneborn took the lead from the start after the fencing and remained in charge thereafter.
Kovacs gave chase to the German after starting the combined climax nine seconds behind the leader.
World number one Laura Asadauskaite was fastest in the combined (11:35.41) but left herself too much to do, falling six seconds away from a podium finish.
Schoneborn won the fencing with 1040 points, which matched with her accomplished swim and perfect ride ensured she started first in the combined event. She remained cool under pressure with her shooting and her strong running ensured she beat off Kovacs' challenge.