Natalya Coyle started her 2015 season in style after winning a bronze medal at the Hungarian Indoor competition.
The Irish 2012 Olympian showed great composure to pull herself up from ninth position to third in the final run/shoot event.
Coyle began with fencing, scoring 24 victories and 19 defeats for 220 points and 14th place. A personal best in the 200m swim of 2:16,48 and a clear round in the show jumping meant she kept herself in contention for the podium.
An impressive performance in the combined run/shoot event was the fourth fastest and saw her overtake her opponents and win her first international medal.
With Olympic qualification beginning later in the year, this is a fitting start to Coyle’s Rio campaign.
Promising performances from her Irish team-mates saw junior athlete Sive Brassil place 14th, Kate Coleman Lenehan 19th, Jenny McGeever 27th and Sally McCarthy 28th.
The men’s competition starts on Monday with Irish Olympian Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe hoping to re-ignite the form that saw him finish 11th at the 2014 World Championships.
Meanwhile, Eanna bailey makes a return to international competition after a long absence with Tom O’Brien completing the Irish trio.