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Modern Pentathlon: Mhairi Spence just misses out on World Cup Final medals

July 11, 2011

Britain’s Mhairi Spence just missed out on a medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in London today (Sunday) finishing fifth.

Whilst team-mates Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice both produced strong finishes to end the day in seventh and 12th places respectively at the Olympic test event. It rounded off a terrific event for Britain’s pentathletes following Nick Woodbridge’s bronze medal on Saturday.

Spence and Fell went into the run/shoot at Greenwich Park in third and fourth places, with Prentice down in 24th.

Spence dug deep to secure fifth as she was overpowered by Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn (Germany) and Laura Asadauskaite (Lithuania), who took gold and silver.

“I was a bit up and down today. I set myself a goal of finishing in the top-six and I’ve achieved that, but I wanted to win a medal for the home crowd,” she said.

“Being here has made the whole idea of the Olympic Games in London seem very real,” she added. “It’s so exciting I want to get back in training and make sure I’m here next year enjoying it all again, hopefully with a medal.”

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Fell showed guts and determination to claw her way up to seventh when she had dropped down the field to 12th after a disappointing second shoot – a position that equals her world ranking.

Fell said: “The crowd made a huge effort today, especially at the end. They definitely helped me pick up those last few positions.”

And she added that the competition for GB places for London 2012 will continue to be intense.

“Hopefully I can sort things out over the next two and half weeks in time for the Europeans.”

Prentice also impressed, producing the fifth fastest run/shoot of the day to climb from 24th to 12th.

“I was a bit frustrated with my fencing today, I wish I could have got an extra few hits,” she said.

Spence started well, winning her first seven fencing bouts. She ended the session with 23 wins from her 35 contests to finish fourth.

Fell only had five wins from her first 13 contests, but then worked her way up the field to end on 18 victories for joint eighth. Prentice’s 14 wins saw her finish joint 27th.

The Brits were also on song in the pool. Fell, swimming in heat three, produced the fourth fastest time of the day with a terrific time of 2:13.20 promoting her to seventh place.

Spence won heat four with the eighth fastest time of the day of 2:14.56, taking almost two seconds off her personal best. This meant she climbed into second place overall behind France’s Elodie Clouvel.

Prentice won heat two in 2:20.28 – equalling her personal best – and went into the ride in 25th.

Fell climbed into fourth place overall with an impressive performance in the riding arena. She had only one fence down to take 1180 from the ride. It was the joint third best performance, with Kolegova (Russia) and Qian Chen (China) – going clear.

Spence had four fences down and accumulated eight time penalties to add 1112 to her total and go into the run/shoot in third.  Prentice had three fences down and went into the run/shoot in 24th.

France’s Elodie Clouvel led the field with Russia’s Elena Rublevska a second behind. Spence was 10 seconds off the lead and Fell a further nine seconds back. Prentice was one minute and 14 seconds off the lead.

The action now moves on to the European Championships at Medway Park in Kent from 28 July to 1 August. The top eight finishers achieve the qualification standard for 2012.

Jessica Schol-Binks, Sportsister
The Womens Sports Magazine

Results
Gold: Lena Schoneborn (GER) – 5308 pts
Silver: Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) – 5284 pts
Bronze: Elodie Clouvel (FRA) – 5252 pts
5th: Mhairi Spence (GBR) – 5228 pts
7th: Heather Fell (GBR) – 5168 pts
12th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 5120 pts

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