Rio 2016: Esposito wins surprise gold for Australia in women's modern pentathlon


Chloe Esposito secured a surprise gold medal for Australia after sealing victory in the women's modern pentathlon at Rio 2016 on Friday.

Esposito, 24, entered the last leg of the competition - the 3200 metre run and pistol shooting - in seventh place, a whole 45 seconds behind the leader. 

But the Australian produced a stunning performance in the final stage, going on to claim gold by 16 seconds - Australia's first ever medal in the competition at an Olympic Games. 

"I still can't believe it. First person ever in Australia to win a medal in pentathlon, and I can't describe it," she said. 

"I was just thinking of all the hard training I've put in in the past four years," she said when asked about her brimming smile on the podium.

"It's been a tough road and especially this year, I had a few injuries."


Esposito blew away the field in the final stage and took the lead off Poland's Oktawia Nowacka - who finished with a bronze - with one of the four laps remaining. 

"I know combined is my strongest event but I just didn't want to think about getting a medal, [thinking] 'I've gotta do this, I've gotta do that'," she said.

"I just thought 'I am good at this event, I enjoy it the most, I'm gonna have fun with it'."

Esposito is the daughter of former Olympian Daniel, who competed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Her brother, Max, is also competing at Rio 2016 in the men's modern pentathlon, which continues on Saturday.