LYDGATE’S Olivia Green was the highest-placed British competitor in the European U19 Pentathlon Championships in Portugal.
The 17-year-old was seventh in the individual competition and narrowly missed out on a medal in the pair event as she and Zoe Davison finished fourth.
Olivia, no 1 in the Pentathlon GB U19 rankings, was in 11th after the fencing, eighth following the swimming and climbed to seventh in the laser run that incorporates running and shooting.
There was disappointment in the pair as Olivia and Zoe were third after the fencing and swimming. They outran the opposition, but lost out for a medal in the final shoot.
Pentathlon GB Pathway manager Stuart Mason reflected: “It was a solid performance is all disciplines from Olivia and to finish seventh in the Europeans was a commendable achievement.”
The success at the Europeans compensated for Olivia’s disappointment at the U19 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, in July.
Olivia, who finished fifth in the U19 world championships in Ireland last year, missed out on a place in the top 36 who contested the final.
Dad Chris revealed that Olivia’s performance at the world championships was impaired by a bad case of anaemia.
“We didn’t appreciate it how badly it affected Olivia,” he said.
Olivia, a pupil at Hulme Grammar, can look back on a successful season in which she won all three of the British U19 ranking competitions and also the British tetrathlon.
After a busy year, Olivia is taking a break before preparing for her next ranking competition in Bath in January.
Olivia is also stepping up from U19 to U23 competition next year.
In the pentathlon at U19 level, competitors fence, swim, run and shoot with horse riding the only discipline which is not carried out in that age category.