LONDON 2012: Fell and Cooke miss out on Olympic selection
WORLD junior champion Jamie Cooke and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell will both miss the London 2012 Olympics after Great Britain's modern pentathlon team was confirmed.
OUT: World junior champion Jamie Cooke and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell missed out on selection for the London 2012 Olympics (Getty Images)
As expected, world champion Mhairi Spence leads the women's team and she'll be joined by world bronze medallist Samantha Murray, whose breakthrough season and performance in Rome meant she trumped the claims of Fell, who finished third in the recent World Cup final in Chengdu.
"I find it hard to find words to describe how excited I am to be part of the British team," said Spence.
"I've dreamed of competing at 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."
Great Britain have medalled in every Olympic modern pentathlon competition since women were first allowed to compete in 2000 - where Steph Cook, the last British world champion in 2001, won gold and Kate Allenby took bronze. Four years later, in Athens, Georgina Harland finished third while Fell placed second in Beijing.
British men's number one Nick Woodbridge was considered a lock for selection for his second Games and he'll be joined by Beijing team-mate Sam Weale.
"I love competing at home. It makes me feel so much more comfortable and relaxed," said Woodbridge
"I'm in the best shape of my career so far and I have a lot more experience than four years ago in Beijing. I'm aiming to win a medal at these Olympics, like I did at the World Cup final in Greenwich a year ago."
Weale thought his hopes of selection were over after failing to qualify for the World final, in which Cooke finished a distant 33rd.
However, selectors clearly preferred the 30-year old's experience and a spirited seventh at the recent World Cup final proved timely for his claims.
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