Fell's determined to put Games blow behind her
HEATHER FELL is not expecting to pull any Olympic rabbits out of the hat, however well she does at tomorrow's modern pentathlon World Cup Final in China.
But pride will play a very big part for the Tavistock star, who is the only female Great Britain athlete taking part in the fifth and final event in the five-leg series at Chengdu.
Former world number one Fell is resigned to being, at best, one of the reserves for the Olympic Games in London.
There were only ever two places per gender for Team GB's pentathletes to fight for and those are set to go to Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray, leaving Fell to play for the minor roles.
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Spence and Murray finished first and third, respectively, at the recent World Championships in Rome, which has virtually clinched their places in the GB line-up for London.
The team is set to be officially confirmed on June 8.
Fell, a silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics four years ago and a regular scorer of prizes and points for Britain on the domestic stage, has already told Herald Sport she will not quit, despite her bitter disappointment at not qualifying for her 'dream Games'.
But Fell said she will not be lacking in effort in the World Cup Final, although it may appear as a dead rubber in terms of this year's opportunities.
The 29-year-old, ironically, is ranked higher in the world rankings than either Murray or Freyja Prentice, who also gained the Olympic qualifying mark last year.
But Fell just wants to compete for her country and, with any luck, get all her sport's five disciplines spinning in her favour.
Fell told Herald Sport: "I must admit, it was hard after the disappointment of the world champs, to build myself up for this competition, but now I'm here, I'll be doing my absolute best as always.
"There's nothing I can do at this stage to alter what's been settled and, to be honest, they (Spence, Murray) are my team-mates and they got medal places which earned them the (Olympic) slots and I'm delighted for them.
"At the World Cup Final, it will give me a chance to build up some more ranking points.
"And also an opportunity to get more continuity in the disciplines."