Modern Pentathlon: Shermaine Tung wins Singapore's first world championships medal

Modern pentathlete Shermaine Tung competes in the UIPM 2019 Biathle/Triathle World Championships in Florida. Tung finished third in the triathle women's senior class.
Modern pentathlete Shermaine Tung competes in the UIPM 2019 Biathle/Triathle World Championships in Florida. Tung finished third in the triathle women's senior class.PHOTO: UIPM

SINGAPORE - Such is the obscurity of Singapore on the modern pentathlon world stage that an official at the sport's Biathle/Triathle World Championships suggested to Shermaine Tung's mother that she would not need to use the Singapore flag.

But it was Tung who had the last laugh at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) event in Florida on Sunday (Oct 27), as the 24-year-old surprised her fellow competitors and herself by finishing third among the 11-strong field in the triathle (shoot-swim-run) women's senior class.

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