Dobrynska wins pentathlon gold with world record

RAF CASERT AP Sports Writer Published:

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Nataliya Dobrynska set a world record in the pentathlon at the world indoor championships, showing she is ready for a repeat Olympic gold medal at the London Games.

The 2008 heptathlon champion upstaged defending champion Jessica Ennis and Tatyana Chernova with a sterling long jump and a gutsy concluding 800 meters to become the first woman to break the 5,000-point mark in the five-event discipline.

She beat the 20-year-old mark of Irina Belova with a score of 5,013 points. The old record was 4,991 points.

Ennis won the silver with a British record 4,965, and Austra Skujyte took the bronze with a Lithuanian record of 4,802.