Oxford triumph in pentathlon

Oxford men’s modern pentathlon team secured their 14th successive Modern Pentathlon Varsity victory in Cambridge during the vacation.

Despite banners produced by the Cambridge crowd claiming that Oxford’s incredible winning sequence would be ended, the dark blues claimed the win by 29,652 points to 28,616.

It was doubly satisfying for Oxford as they also won the women’s event, ending Cambridge’s winning streak.

Women’s Captain Alice Self said, “having lost my previous four matches I was desperate for a win before leaving Oxford.”

Modern Pentathlon consists of swimming, running, fencing, horse riding and shooting – supposedly the test of the ultimate warrior.

Each competitor competes in every event, with their combined scores contributing to the team total.

Clare Kane top scored for the women’s team, and Harry Tabor was Oxford’s best performer in the men’s event.