LYDGATE’S Olivia Green was not fazed when she competed against Olympic Games silver medallist Sam Murray and other top athletes in Pentathlon UK’s first ranking tournament of 2018 at Bath.
And but for being eliminated in the horse riding for jumping the wrong fence at the last, 18-year-old Olivia would have been challenging for honours.
Hulme Grammar pupil Olivia still finished 10th, but had she collected her anticipated 280 points for the riding would have achieved fourth place overall and have been the top junior.
This was Olivia’s first competition at junior U22 level having previously been in U19 youth events where she was one of the world’s top pentathletes in that age category.
And she more than acquitted herself against the cream of Britain’s pentathletes.
Olivia was sixth in the fencing, third in swimming and following her elimination in the riding she hit back strongly to finish second in the laser run.
Olivia’s father Chris was delighted with the way his daughter challenged the Britain’s top competitors.
He said: “It was a big step up and nearly everybody else is a full-time athlete at Bath University, but Olivia is at school doing her A-Levels.
“Olivia has worked hard with Annabel Park at Daisy Nook and Oakhill Equestrian Centre and her standard of riding has improved. It was just a pity she made a mistake and was eliminated.”
Chris added Olivia has been training hard at the Oldham-based Manchester Fencing Centre and with Oldham Aquatics and Sale Harriers to work on those disciplines.
Olivia now has her sights set on the second ranking tournament on February 10, again at Bath.
But after that event the pentathlon will be put on the back burner and Olivia will scale down her training while she completes her A-Levels as she needs three A grades to study bio-chemistry at Bath.
That means Olivia will be ruled out of the European junior championships in Barcelona which are midway through her A Levels.
But, if selected, she could compete in the junior world championships in the Czech Republic in August.