Freyja’s Olympic hopes dashed

THERE was disappointment for local pentathlon star Freyja Prentice as she narrowly missed out on selection for the British Team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Freyja, originally from Chapel of Garioch, was one of the first British pentathletes to make the London 2012 qualifying standard, but unfortunately injury had seen here recent form dip at the worst possible time, in the run up to the Olympics.

It was always going to be very difficult to gain selection for the team, with only two male and two female places up for grabs and eight athletes having made the qualifying standard. Scotland’s Mhariri Spence, originally from Inverness, will join Samatha Murray, Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale represnting Great Britain this summer. Dominic Mahony, Team GB Modern Pentathlon Team Leader said, “ For eight British athletes to have made the UIPM qualifying standard is a great achievement for the whole squad. The fact that we have four athletes who have demonstrated world class performance over the last year by winning medals and achieving top-10 finishes at major international events means we’re going to the Games with a very strong team, both in the men’s and women’s competition.”