Rendy Lynn Opdycke's Successful Transition To Pentathlon

Rendy Lynn Opdycke’s Successful Transition To Pentathlon

The gold standard in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming was established by Rendy Lynn Opdycke when she completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7:46:32 on July 5th, the English Channel in 10 hours 54 minutes on July 27th and the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 28 minutes on August 9th during a 35-day whirlwind period in her record-setting summer of 2008.

The marathon swimmer of yesteryear is now successfully moving up the ranks in another sport: pentathlon.

The five-discipline sport comprises of épée fencing, shooting, 200m freestyle, equestrian show jumping and cross country running in a tough one-day format. With an eye to representing the USA at the Olympics in her new sport, she showcased her newly developed skills with a gun, sword and on a horse as a world-class pentathlete.

She has really improved and is quite an athlete,” observed Genadijus Sokolovas, High Performance Director of USA Pentathlon. “I lost over 30 lbs from my days of marathon swimming and had to learn a lot of new skills, but it is fun and love the sport and training here at the Olympic Training Center, smiled the competitive athlete from Washington.”

This past weekend at Modern Pentathlon’s World Cup #4 in Rostov, Russia, Opdycke went head-to-head with the world’s best pentathletes, finishing 31st with a total of 4,848 points (she was fifth after the swim with a time of 2:15.35 in the 200 meters).

Already successful in the oceans of the world, Opdycke is now showing her skills on land with a gun, sword, shoes and on a horse.

Touché.

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