Heather Fell, Britain’s Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medal winning modern pentathlete, returns to action in the World Cup Final in Portugal on Saturday (4th October).
The 25-year-old from Devon competes in her first pentathlon since Beijing in the event at Caldas da Rainha. It’s the first time she has contested a World Cup Final – qualification is achieved by the accumulation of results at World Cup events throughout the year, up to a maximum of three pentathletes per country.
Fell is one of three British women competing in Portugal this weekend. She is joined by 24-year-old Katy Livingston, who finished seventh at the Beijing Olympics and won the individual bronze at the World Championships in Budapest in May.
23-year-old Mhairi Spence, bronze medallist at the 2006 European Championships and sixth at last year’s World Cup Final in Beijing, completes the British trio in action this weekend.
At the end of a long, hard season culminating in the Beijing Olympics, it’s thought some of the top pentathletes from around the world may not compete at the World Cup Final.
Fell has recently returned to training following a break after the Olympics and said she’s looking forward to Portugal.
“This is the last competition of a very long season with a lot of pressure, so it’s nice to have a competition that hasn’t got so much riding on it,” she said.
“I’ve never been to a World Cup Final before, so I’m looking for to it,” she added.
Jan Bartu, GB performance director, said: “This event hasn’t really been a priority for us at the end of a long season, but it’s an opportunity for the girls to go out and have a relaxed competition.
“They’re not at a peak compared with the Olympics, but from their standard of performance throughout the year, I’d expect them to compete at a decent level and go for the top places.”
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