Olivia seeks Green light for Poland

LYDGATE’S Olivia Green finished runner-up in the second Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition.

Olivia Green

And the 19-year-old finished only seven points before winner Kate French who represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“Olivia had one pole down in the showjumping which cost her eight points. Had that not happened, she would have won,” explained proud dad Chris.

Olivia produced a consistent level of performance in the event which was held at the University of Bath and West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre.

She was fourth in the swimming, ninth in fencing, 12th in riding and third in the laser run.

And when the results from the two national ranking tournaments were pooled together, Olivia was joint third overall in the seniors and the best junior which was for Under-23s.

Olivia had earlier finished sixth in the first national ranking tournament.

Chris added Olivia’s result was even more commendable bearing in mind she was competing against full-time athletes.

While she trains every day, Olivia combine that with studying at the University of Bath for a degree in sports science and exercise.

It has been an exciting start to the year as Olivia also recently made her full international debut for the Great Britain modern pentathlon team in Hungary in which she finished 31st.

And Olivia, a former pupil at Hulme Grammar, will be hoping to maintain her rich vein of form in what is a busy year for the sport.

Olivia could potentially be chosen for the European and world junior championships which are both being hosted in Poland and the senior Europeans that are being held in Bath.

• The National Lottery funded Europeans, dubbed Gladiators Return, will see the best modern pentathletes from across Europe descent on the Roman spa town from August 6-11.

As well as continental crowns, Tokyo Olympic qualifying places will be up for grabs making it one of the most important events of the season.

Tickets for the championships are on sale with more information available online at
www.pentathlongb.org/euros2019

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