University of Bath graduate Mhairi Spence made a terrific start to her 2012 campaign by winning the silver medal at the opening Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year.
The Coach Education and Sports Development graduate finished second behind Lena Schoneborn, Germany’s Olympic champion, in the competition at Charlotte in North Carolina.
There was further good news for British athletes, with Samantha Murray and Heather Fell finishing sixth and seventh respectively. Murray is currently studying for a French and Politics degree at the University of Bath.
Spence said: “I’m really happy, a little overwhelmed in fact. It was a really good day and it was nice to finish well.
She also acknolwedged that the competition for places on the British team at the London 2012 Olympic Games will continue to be intense.
“We’re all really competitive and being competitive makes you better,” she said. “We’re all pushing each other forward and over the winter we’ve raised our game. Whoever makes the Games is going to put on a very good performance.”
In the men’s competiton, Nick Woodbridge just missed out on the medals, finishing sixth, with Jamie Cooke coming 36th in the men’s final.
The British team train at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath.