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Pentathlon: Mhairi Spence wins silver at World Cup

March 13, 2012

Great Britain’s Mhairi Spence made a terrific start to her 2012 campaign by winning the silver medal at the opening Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year.

Spence produced a strong all round performance at Charlotte in North Carolina, USA to take second place behind Lena Schoneborn, Germany’s Olympic champion.

As the competition for places on the GB team for the 2012 Olympic Games intensifies, British team mates Samantha Murray and Heather Fell also produced impressive performances, finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

Afterwards Spence said, “I’m really happy, a little overwhelmed in fact. It was a really good day and it was nice to finish well.

“I’ve worked really, really hard. I had a decent season last year and I’ve picked up on a couple of little things I needed to work on over the winter.

“I’m really happy I held it together all day,” she added. “There are a lot of people at home who really believe in me and today was the day to show them that they’re right.”

Spence, who went to the USA ranked fourth in the world, said the competition for the maximum of two women’s places on the British Olympic team for 2012 is driving her and the other GB pentathletes on to further improve their performances,

“We’re all really competitive and being competitive makes you better. We’re all pushing each other forward and over the winter we’ve raised our game. Whoever makes the Games is going to put on a very good performance.”

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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