Freyja wins bronze in world junior championships

Freyja Prentice, pentathlete
Freyja Prentice, pentathlete

Aberdeenshire pentathlete Freyja Prentice won individual bronze and helped Great Britain retain the team gold at the Modern Pentathlon World Junior Championships in Argentina on Saturday, November 19.

Freyja, from Chapel of Garioch, followed her individual bronze at the European Junior Championships in Poland two months ago with a repeat performance in Buenos Aires.

With team-mates Lydia Gosling and Kate French both achieving top-10 finishes, Great Britain successfully defended the team title they won at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Hungary.

Freyja has already achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard, but isn’t yet certain of a place on the British Olympic team.

She climbed from fourth place into a podium position in the run/shoot in Buenos Aires, although she had to produce a strong run to make up for some missed shots.

Freyja, who took individual silver at last year’s World Juniors, said: “I didn’t shoot very well, so I was lucky I had the run to claim those places back. I was really pleased with the rest of my day - I had the best fence of my life.

“I’m really pleased with the team gold, the other two girls did brilliantly.”

Freyja led the British challenge early on, winning 25 of her 35 fencing bouts to put her joint second after the first discipline with 1,000 points. It was a performance that was only bettered by Russia’s Alise Fakhrutdinova with 28 wins. The Scot won bronze with 5,316 points.

Kerry Prise, from Aberdeen, who was competing in her first World Junior Championships, came 21st.

The GB team train at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath