Published: 08/06/2012 15:21 - Updated: 08/06/2012 15:35

Inverness woman named for Olympic team

Mhairi Spence at the world championships in Italy.
Mhairi Spence at the world championships in Italy.

Inverness-born Mhairi Spence has been named in a four-strong modern pentathlon team for the Olympics.

The world champion will be joined in the women’s team by Samantha Murray who won bronze at the Rome world championships in May. Both will be aiming to continue their winning form in London.

The announcement was made today at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The modern pentathlon event involves athletes competing in five different sports, fencing, swimming, riding and the combined running and shooting discipline in one day.

"I find it hard to find words to describe how excited I am to be part of the British team for the London 2012 Olympic Games," Miss Spence said.

"I’ve dreamed of competing an Olympics since I was eight years old and I feel like it’s so much more special because the Olympic Games will be in London.

"We’re so lucky to be competing at a home Olympics. It’s something that so many athletes will never get the chance to experience."

The 27-year-old was inspired to try the sport after after watching the 2000 Olympic Games and the success of the British women there. Subsequently, she was part of the Scottish team which won the silver teams medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Championships.

One of her biggest disappointments was not getting one of the two available places on Team GB for Beijing 2008 despite meeting the qualifying standard.

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