Kate French wins modern pentathlon gold for Team GB's 18th medal in Tokyo

Kate French took gold for Team GB in the modern pentathlon. Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Team GB's Kate French has won gold in the women's modern pentathlon at Tokyo 2020 on Friday.

The 30-year-old went into the final event, the laser run (combined running and shooting), in fifth place following the swimming, fencing and show jumping disciplines. She needed to make up 15 seconds to guarantee the Olympic title.

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French kept her cool and moved to the front after the first lap and ended up crossing the line with a 16-second lead to take Britain's 18th gold medal of the Games.

"I don't know what just happened, I can't really believe it right now," French said.

"I knew I had to focus, I knew I could do it if I just focussed on my shooting and ran as hard as I could.

"The team were in the stadium supporting, I could hear them in the crowd and everyone back home, I can't thank them enough for their support.

"I couldn't have done it without them. Thank you so much.

French narrowly missed out on a medal at Rio 2016 after finishing fifth but went to Tokyo as a medal hope after claiming gold at the World Cup final earlier this year.

French follows in the footsteps of Stephanie Cook, who won Olympic gold at Sydney 2000 when the women's modern pentathlon event was held at the Games for the first time.