Olympic dream going down to the wire

Local pentathlon star Freyja Prentice has been selected in the British Team to take part in the next World Cup Series in Hungary.
Local pentathlon star Freyja Prentice has been selected in the British Team to take part in the next World Cup Series in Hungary.

LOCAL pentathlete Freyja Prentice has been named in the British team to take part in the penultimate World Cup Series in, Szazhalombatta, Hungary beginning on Thursday, April 12.

Competition for places at this 2012 Olympic Games in London is a keen as ever, with six British women currently ranked in the top-35 in the world. A maximum of only two athletes per gender per nation can compete in the modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games. Added to that, only four will be able to compete for the British team at the World Championships held in Rome in May.

The results from this year’s World Cups will be used to decide the British team for the World Championships in Rome, which is the next opportunity for athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard.

GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said Britain’s pentathletes now have to go flat out to secure places at the World Championships.

“Once they get to the World Cups they need to go flat out,” he said. “That’s how it is at this point, there’s no hiding place.”

So far Freyja, originally from the Chapel of Garioch, and Jamie Cooke have achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard, although neither are guaranteed places on the team.

As well as trying to qualify places on the World Championship team, athletes will also be eager to score points at World Cups to boost their positions in the World Cup Series rankings. The top 36 men and women – up to a maximum of three athletes per nation – will be invited to compete at the World Cup Final at Chengdu in China at the end of May. That will be the last opportunity to score world ranking points. The final Olympic qualifying places will be distributed according to positions on the world ranking list as of 1 June.

Freyja is currently ranked number 18 in the world.

GB team: World Cup 3, Szazhalombatta, Hungary

Mhairi Spence; Freyja Prentice; Samantha Murray; Katy Burke.