09 MAR 2001 General News

The final event of the women's pentathlon and victory for Sazanovich

Women's pentathlon Event 5 800 Metres

At the start of the 800 metres, Yelena Prokhorova looked like someone on a mission.

The Russian, standing in third place with 3744 after four events, charged to the lead immediately, followed by Anzhela Atroshchenko-Kinet of Turkey and fellow Russian Natalya Roshchupkina.

This trio led the group of eight--which soon became a septet as Urszula Wlodarczyk of Poland stepped off the track after 50 metres--for the entire race.

Natalya Sazanovich meanwhile ran easily near the rear, posting a 2:23.20 and easily winning the gold medal with 4850 points. It was the eighth-highest total ever, and moved her into sixth place on the all-time pentathlete lists.

Prokhorova came across the event winner in 2:09.85 and in so doing moved past Ertl for the silver medal with 4711. Ertl's 2:18.48 produced a composite 4678 which permitted her to hold on for the bronze with 4678, just ahead of Roshchupkina's 4664.