Harland underlines strength in depthSubscribe
Rob Burgess 15 April 2001
GEORGINA HARLAND continued her impressive progress this season by winning the British Modern Pentathlon Championship title in Bath on Sunday. For the second time in as many weeks Steph Cook, Olympic champion, was forced to settle for second place
Harland missed out on selection for the sport's debut at the Olympic Games last September as each country was restricted to just two competitors. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby made the British team and the rest, as they say, is history - Cook produced a fantastic final run to snatch the Gold medal, with Allenby taking the Bronze.
But the performances of Harland so far this year will surely make her favourite for the world championship, which Britain is hosting at Millfield School in July. This win should also see Harland take over the world number one ranking from Cook.
Allenby meanwhile is returning from injury and, though she competed in the opening disciplines at the weekend, was unable to complete the event.
The British trio - all recipients of Lottery funding through the Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain's World Class Performance Programme - should produce a fantastic fight for the world championship title on home soil in July.
In the men's event Giles Hancock was the beneficiary of a disastrous final ride by event leader Matthew Barnes. Barnes started his ride knowing that he could knock down three fences and still take the title - in the event he suffered three knockdowns and two refusals, handing the title to a jubilant Hancock.