Heather Fell

Heather Fell

Heather Fell (born 3 March 1983 in Plymouth, England) is an British modern pentathlete.cite web|title=Team GB > Beijing 2008 > Athlete profile > Heather Fell |publisher=Website of the BOA |url=http://www.olympics.org.uk/BEIJING2008/AthleteProfile.aspx?id=6693 |accessdate=2008-09-21] She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal in the women's modern pentathlon event.cite web |url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics/modern_pentathlon/7576185.stm |title=Schoneborn pips GB's Fell to gold |date=2008-08-22 |accessdate=2008-09-21 |publisher=BBC Sport]

Early life

Fell grew up in Tavistock, Devon, where she was taught to ride and shoot, both disciplines in the pentathlon, by the parents of the 2000 Olympic pentathlon bronze medallist Kate Allenby.cite web |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/aug/23/olympics2008.silver |title=Olympics- High five as Fell takes unexpected silver in a true test of endurance |date=2008-08-22 |accessdate=2008-09-21 |publisher=The Guardian] Heather has a degree in physiotherapy from Brunel University.


After initial success at junior level, including two gold and one silver medal in the 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens, Fell nearly gave up the sport in 2006 when, due to a series of shin splint injuries, her funding was cut by UK Sport. [cite web |title=Heather Fell claims modern pentathlon silver |publisher=The Times |date=2008-08-23 |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article4589349.ece |accessdate=2008-09-21] She described this as giving her "the kick up the arse I needed", and, forced to stop training at the University of Bath's facilities due to the cost of living in the city, she moved back home with her parents, funding her continued training with three part-time jobs; as a swimming coach, a barmaid and a physiotherapist. Her funding was not restored until she qualfied for the Olympics.

2007 brought her first medal success in a World Cup event, with bronze in Moscow. Fell won an individual silver medal at the 2007 European Championships in Riga, reaching the Olympic qualifying standard in doing so. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/modern_pentathlon/6740203.stm |title=Pentathlon duo achieve Games mark |date=2007-06-11 |accessdate=2008-09-21 |publisher=BBC Sport] She also won a gold medal as part of the relay team, with Katy Livingston and Georgina Harland.

In 2008 Fell won medals at two events on the World Cup circuit, gold at Millfield and bronze in Kladno. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/modern_pentathlon/7394643.stm |title=Fell claims World Cup gold for GB |date=2008-03-30 |accessdate=2008-09-21 |publisher=BBC Sport] cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/modern_pentathlon/7394643.stm |title=Fell medal boosts Olympic hopes |date=2008-05-11 |accessdate=2008-09-21 |publisher=BBC Sport] In Kladno she went into the final discipline, the run, in 5th place, but moved up two positions with a personal best, she had also set a PB in the swimming. At the World Championships, in Budapest, she finished just outside of the medals in 4th place in the individual event but picked up silver medals as a member of the squads in team event, with Georgina Harland and Mhairi Spence, and team relay event, with Katy Livingston and Spence.

2008 Olympic Games

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing, Fell won the silver medal in the women's individual event, behind Lena Schoneborn of Germany. In the first discipline, the air pistol shooting, she scored 185 out of a possible 200, this corresponded to 1156 points and 6th place. [cite web |title=Results Women's Shooting 10m Air Pistol |publisher=The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games |url=http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/MP/C73A/MPW001A00.shtml#MPW001A00 |accessdate=2008-09-20] Results of 880 points in the fencing, [cite web |title=Results Women's Fencing Epee One Touch |publisher=The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games |url=http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/MP/C73B/MPW001B00.shtml#MPW001B00 |accessdate=2008-09-20] 1328 points in the freestyle swimming, [cite web |title=Results Women's Swimming 200m Freestyle |publisher=The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games |url=http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/MP/C73C/MPW001C00.shtml#MPW001C00 |accessdate=2008-09-20] and 1144 points in the show jumping followed, [cite web |title=Results Women's Riding Show Jumping |publisher=The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games |url=http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/MP/C73D/MPW001D00.shtml#MPW001D00 |accessdate=2008-09-20] leaving her in 2nd position, with a 19 second deficit on leader Schoneborn, heading into the 3000 m run. Fell completed the run in 10 minutes 19.24 seconds, a time worth 1244 points, [cite web |title=Results Women's Running 3000m |publisher=The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games |url=http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/MP/C73E/MPW001E00.shtml#MPW001E00 |accessdate=2008-09-20] giving her a final total of 5752 points. Despite closing the gap on Schoneborn by 9 seconds she was unable to catch her and take victory. She said after the medal ceremony, "It's pretty obvious that I don't regret deciding to stick with it."

ee also

*Modern pentathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics
*Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics


External links

* [http://www.olympics.org.uk/beijing2008/AthleteProfile.aspx?id=6693 BOA profile page]
* [http://www.pentathlon.org/ Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne]
* [http://www.modern-pentathlon.com/scoring.html Information on scoring]

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