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O’Brien rises to the occasion in Boland

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Friday March 13, 2009

Paul Roos Gymnasium Grade 12 student David O’Brien showed his huge potential with victory at the Boland Modern Pentathlon Championships. Competing in the junior event he amassed 5,317 points, the highest score achieved this year in these categories.

Only Johan Myburgh has gone over 5,000 points (he totalled 6,259 in the masters event at the Free State Championships). 

The 18-year-old O’Brien’s individual scores were: Fencing: 961 Swimming: 992 (2.30:65) Riding 1,152, Run/Shoot 2,212 for a total of 5,317.

According to Frans van Niekerk, Vice President Modern Pentathlon Commission, the athletes started to improve from one camp to the next, “so we must be doing the right thing” he said. The national training camps were made possible by the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA).  

O’Brien was also the winner of the combined event. 

The other events were won by Niel Louwrens (Gauteng). Swimming Score 1244 (2.09:06)

Madri Burger (Boland) Riding Score 1200.                                                                  

Jon-Paul Raper (EP) Fencing Score 1117

Meanwhile, due to the Klein Karoo Kunste Fees (KKNK) being hosted in South Western Districts, the planned venue for the World Tour in George in April has become unavailable. “The South African Modern Pentathlon Association, after much consideration, has decided to move the date and venue,” Ursula Sullwald, vice-president of the Biathle Commission said.

The World Tour will now take place in Struisbaai, a two hour drive from Cape Town. Entries close on March 30.

Entry fee is R200. Those wanting to compete can email .

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2 Comments to “O’Brien rises to the occasion in Boland”

  1. k du plessis Says:

    please update stories. there are plenty of good pentathletes who deserve recognition as well.

  2. Mark Etheridge Says:

    Hi there … we would love to update continuously but we need the modern pentathlon administrators etc to keep us updated from their side. If you can help in this regard, please feel free to mail me at .

    Kind regards

    Mark Etheridge
    Managing Editor
    Road to London, 2012

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