LOCAL pentathlete Freyja Prentice’s first competition of the season was brought to an early end due to scorching temperatures in Acapulco, Mexico.
Freyja, originally from Chapel of Garioch, had qualified for the final round of the Women’s competition, due to be held on Saturday (March 1), but the governing body Union Internationale de Pentathlon Modern (UIPM), had suspended competition on Saturday due to the high temperatures causing concerns for the health of both athletes and horses.
The following day, Sunday (March 2), the competition as a whole was cancelled. UIPM released a statement saying, “After conferring with the athletes and with conditions in Acapulco unfavourable to the health of the horses, the decision has been taken to cancel the remainder of World Cup #1. There will now be no Men’s Final or Mixed Relay.”
UIPM President Dr Klaus Schormann stated, “With the well-being and health of horses the highest priority for both the Union and athletes, we must prematurely end the competition. After much discussion, the consensus has been that we could not and should not continue.