By David Brenchley
Olympic champion Lena Schöneborn is looking forward to the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Crystal Palace this week.
The German beat off strong competition from Britain’s Heather Fell in Beijing last year to her first Olympic gold medal.
“Beijing was a really, really good experience for me, and it was great to have so many people interested in the sport in Germany,” Schöneborn said.
The 23-year old grabbed the silver medal in her homeland during the 2007 World Championships and will be looking to go one better in London.
“I focussed on my studies for a couple of months after Beijing, so I’m missing a bit of endurance. Since I’ve been training full-time again, [her preparation has] been going well and I’m really looking forward to London.”
Schöneborn, ranked fourth in the world, will have to contend with a new format, in the shape of a combined run/shoot replacing the two separate disciplines.
“I’ve been trying to adapt to the new format, I’m still working on it. I was good at the old format, but now I’m finding my way like everyone else and I see it as a challenge,” she said
She is not expecting big things, though, adding: “Training has been getting better and better. I’m hoping I can make the top 10. I will try to focus on each discipline, do my best and see what happens.”
Despite Fell finishing second in Beijing, she is currently ranked number one in the world and will be confident of becoming champion.
The top 60 women pentathletes in the world will try to qualify on Friday August 14 with the final on Sunday August 16.
– but the sailors praise the new boats