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Holly Fielder Pentathlon



Holly Fielder did her first ever Pentathlon last year, gaining second in the Kent U13 Champs with a score of 1857 that placed her 20th in the UK rankings in 2011.


She was entered in to the Hampshire Multi Events Champs as a guest to gain further experience in the event and to see if she could improve on her score from last year. The competition also gave her sight of some of the best girl multi-eventers in the South. This included Millie Cavanagh who won the competition last year and who topped the UK U13 rankings in pentathlon, hurdles and long jump (but is now an U15). Also in the U13 competition was Holly Mills, a specialist hurdler and long jumper and Holly’s main rival.


In blustery conditions Holly opened her account with a very respectable 4.44m in the long jump, which was the furthest in the competition and 11cm ahead of Holly Mills in second place. In the next event, the 70mh, in only her second competitive outing in this event, Holly managed incredibly to lower her personal best from 14.16s to 12.9s. This was the third fastest time in the competition and was sufficiently close to Holly Mills to give her a slender 5 point lead after two events.


In the third event, the shot putt (which on paper is Holly’s weakest event), she started with a new life time best which she then extended in the third round to 6.36m (5th overall in the competition). However, Holly Mills surpassed Holly with her best effort of 6.92m (also a pb for her). This gave Holly Mills a 30 point lead over Holly after three events.


After a delayed start, the girls U13 and U15 high jump competitions were combined which meant there was a field of nearly 30 competitors. After 1 hour and 50 minutes of competition there were just two girls left in the U13 competition – the two Holly’s. Both achieved the same height of 1.35m. That was just one centimetre below Holly’s personal best.


At just after 6.30pm (eight and a half hours after the competition had started) the final heat of the girls 800m started. Holly had to run 3 seconds quicker than Holly Mills in order to close up the 30 point gap. From the moment that the gun went off our Holly went charging off ahead opening up a 20m lead which she held for the rest of the race. She crossed the line in 2 mins 35.7secs, the fastest time of the competition, her 4th fastest time ever (just 1.6 seconds of her personal best) and giving her a massive points score of 623 points. More importantly she had finished 15 seconds ahead of Holly Mills.


Holly’s final points score was 2279, an incredible 422 point improvement on her previous best. More importantly, it meant that she had won the competition – her first ever pentathlon victory.


As a guest Holly was not allowed to receive any medals but the organisers were good enough to provide Holly with her turn on the top of the podium with Holly Mills in recognition of her achievement.


We believe this might be an U13 girl’s pentathlon record – we’re checking this at the moment!!