Ireland welcomed a World Cup win over the weekend when Pentathlete Arthur Lanigan -O’Keeffe secured Gold in the Pentathlon World Cup Series in Sofia.

This backed up fellow Irish athlete Natalya Coyle who took Silver in the Women’s event on Friday.

Credited by the international governing body as being “One of the most progressive nations in the sport,” Ireland can now look forward to the pair competing at the Tokyo Olympics where the prospect of medals in one of the most quintessentially Olympic of sports is now a very real possibility.

The two competitors, who are partners away from the competition arena as well, have now become the first individual medallists at such a World level in the sport.

Pentathlon Ireland hosted the World Youth Championships at the University of Limerick in 2016 and won the right to host the World Laser Run Championships in Dublin later this year.