Morecambe athlete on losing side for Pentathlon GB at World Cup in Cairo

Georgia Hannam in action at the World Cup in Cairo for GB Pentathlon.
Georgia Hannam in action at the World Cup in Cairo for GB Pentathlon.

Morecambe athlete Georgia Hannam and her Pentathlon GB teammates just missed out on a place in the World Cup 1 final last week in Cairo, despite bravely fighting through what was a very tough field.

Group A saw Hannam and Bristol’s Charlie Follett start the day in the pool.

Hannam, who was only called up to the Pentathlon GB team last week, had a solid swim of 2.20 to sit in eighth position while Follett recorded a time of 2.28 and was lying in 23rd after the opening discipline.

Gulnaz Gubaydullina, the reigning world champion, showed she’s still on top form, clocking the fastest time of the group.

Next it was into the fencing salle where the girls held their own against some very experienced athletes.

The pair both finished up with 16 victories and 14 defeats which meant they were lying in 10th and 19th going into the final event.

With the top 15 qualifying automatically it was heating up to be an exciting race.

However, with some of the top runners in the field starting the laser run behind the GB athletes, they just missed out on a place in the final.

The girls crossed the line together with Follett coming home 20th and Hannam in 21st position.

The heat was won by the current Olympic silver medallist Elodie Clouvel, showing the depth of competition the young British duo were up against.

It was a very courageous performance from both girls in traditionally tough conditions and a great experience to build on as they look ahead to the rest of the season.