Marques Becomes First Latina to Win a Modern Pentathlon Olympic Medal

London Olympics 2012

Yane Marques’ name should soon appear in the Olympic history books following her medal-winning performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Yane Marques

The 28-year-old Brazilian athlete claimed the bronze medal on Sunday in the modern pentathlon at the London Games, making her the first Latina to win a medal in that event since it was added to the competition roster at the 2000 Olympic Games.

The modern pentathlon contest includes five events: fencing, swimming, riding and a combined run/shoot portion.

Yane Marques

Marques and top-ranked Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania were tied for the lead going into the final contest, the combined running and shooting event. Marques shot better, but Asadauskaite overtook her in the first running lap and stayed ahead of the field to claim the gold medal.

Samantha Murray of Britain edged Marques out of silver position after overtaking her in the final round. Marques’ final score was a 5340, only 16 points behind Murray’s score of 5356.

Yane Marques

But Marques shouldn’t be ashamed… It was a vast improvement from her previous Olympic effort for the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who finished in 18th place at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.