Olivia climbs the rankings

EXCELLENT showings in Pentathlon GB’s two national ranking tournaments have seen Lydgate’s Olivia Green climb to fifth place in the seniors.

Olivia Green

The 20-year-old’s performances also mean she is Britain’s top junior pentathlete.

Olivia finished sixth in the first of the national ranking events, both of which were held at the University of Bath where she is studying for a degree in sports science and exercise.

But that strong showing was eclipsed as Olivia was third in the second ranking tournament and finished in top 10 for each of the disciplines.

She was fifth in the swimming, third in the fencing, ninth in horse riding and third in the laser run.

Olivia, ranked 104 in the world, finished behind winner Francesca Summers, 22 in the world, and runner-up Kate French who is number two globally and who finished fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games.

She had a score of 1,383 points which was bettered by French (1,402) and Summers (1,413).
Olivia was rewarded with a place in the Great Britain team which travelled to Hungary for the Budapest indoor competition between January 29-February 2.

It was an event which featured many of the athletes which will be competing at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Olivia qualified for the final in 13th place which was “more than she expected” explained her father Chris.

But in the final Olivia pulled out with an ankle injury.

“Oliva felt a twinge in her ankle during the fencing and in swelled up. After consulting her coach, it was decided not to do the laser run and pull out of the event,” said Chris who added it was still a great experience to compete in the Budapest event.

All four of the British women comfortably qualified for the final which saw Jo Muir successfully defend her 2019 title.

Kate was forced to withdraw from the competition through illness on the Friday, but Jo, Olivia and Jess Varley lined up on the starting blocks for the swimming in which Olivia finished 18th.

A disappointing fencing, in which Olivia won 10 bouts and lost 25, saw her slip to 34th in the field, her mobility not helped by a twinge in her ankle.

Olivia had one fence down and one time penalty scoring a fantastic 292 points in the showjumping to climb to 31st.

It was during the warm-up for the laser run, Olivia made the decision to withdraw due to an injury she had picked up earlier in the day during the fencing.

Olivia has a training camp in Rome, Italy, later this month and hopes to be selected for further international competitions.

Her next big domestic competition will be the mixed nationals championships in Bath at the end of April.

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