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Pentathlon: British women finish without medals at World Cup

March 19, 2012

After being one of only two teams to qualify four women for the final; an achievement they shared with the Russians, Britain’s women finished the second Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year on Saturday, in Brazil, without any medals.

Beijing 2008 silver medallist Heather Fell was the highest finisher of the quartet of Brits in the women’s final in in Rio de Janeiro, coming 13th.

Freyja Prentice came home 15th with Katy Livingston 16th and Mhairi Spence, who took silver at the opening World Cup in the USA a week ago, came 25th.

Prentice made the best start of the Brits, winning 19 fencing contests for joint eleventh place. Fell wasn’t far behind with 18 wins for joint 13th and Livingston won 17 bouts for equal 19th with Spence’s 14 wins putting her joint 25th.

Fell was the best of the Brits in the pool, clocking a time of 2:15.98 – the seventh fastest 200m freestyle time of the day – to climb to ninth overall and Livingston’s 2:16.05 was eighth fastest and saw him climb to 15th.

Prentice dropped to 19th with 2:23.30 while Spence’s 2:17.82 saw her climb to 22nd.

Fell’s 1140 points saw her drop to 12th overall, while Prentice’s 1160 saw her climb a couple of places to 17th. Spence went into the run/shoot in 25th after taking 1160 points from the ride, while Livingston’s 1060 put her just behind Spence in 26th.

Livingston produced the ninth fastest run/shoot of the day, a time of 11:45.50, to climb 10 places and end the day in 16th, just behind Prentice, who climbed to 15th in the run/shoot. Fell’s 11:55.10 for the run/shoot saw her emerge as the highest placed of the Brits in 13th, with Spence ending the day in 25th.

This year’s World Cups are an opportunity for athletes to try to secure places on the team to compete at the World Championships in Rome in May, which is the next chance for athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard.

They can also score valuable ranking points at World Cups that could ultimately help athlete qualify for 2012.

A maximum of two British women can represent Great Britain in the pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympics and so far Freyja Prentice is the only athlete to have achieved the qualifying standard, but she is still not guaranteed a place on the team.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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