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Heather Fell retains her spot on Great Britain team

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The British selectors have kept faith with Heather Fell by naming her in the 10-strong team for the European Championships despite a poor season.

The 27-year-old from Devon, who won Olympic silver in 2008, has struggled to reproduce her best form this year.

She finished a lowly 24th at the most recent World Cup event in Berlin at the start of June.

Fell told BBC Sport: "I was behind the pace at the start of the season but I'm beginning to catch up now."

Fell finished 13th in April's British World Cup event at Medway, deemed a disappointing result for the pentathlete who has set her sights on picking up another medal at London 2012.

Fell said: "I struggled through training in March and April and I got hay-fever for the first time which was affecting my performance.

"So I didn't feel fit in Medway, and I'm not quite sure why I didn't perform well in Berlin, but now I'm midway through a solid block of training before the Europeans."

Heather Fell
I was behind the pace at the start of the season but I'm beginning to catch up now

Heather Fell

She added: "I'm hoping that getting a consistent block of training in will help, and I did a track run on Sunday and the time was really good, so that was pleasing."

Fell's best performance of the year came at the first World Cup event in Mexico, back in March, where she finished fifth, although several of the sport's top competitors were absent on that occasion

Fell will be joined at July's Europeans, which take place in Debrecen in Hungary, by Mhairi Spence, Katy Livingston and Louise Helyer in the women's individual competition.

Juniors Samantha Murray, Katy Murke and Freyja Prentice will join the British team to take part in the relay.

In the men's event, Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge have been selected for the individual competition, while Jamie Cooke will take part in the team relay.



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