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Brits to watch: Katy Livingston

Katy Livingston

By Ollie Williams

British modern pentathlete Katy Livingston won bronze at this year's World Championships to cement her credentials for Beijing.

Livingston's stock continues to rise as she approaches her first Olympics - she won her first World Cup gold medal earlier this year.

"I've proved I can podium in big competitions and I'm going with medals on my mind," she said.

Now she has the chance to prove herself right, and will expect to finish on the podium when she competes in pentathlon's five sports on Friday, 22 August.

FACTS & STATS

Born: 10 January 1984, Cleveland
Trains: University of Bath
Career highlights: World Cup gold (Feb 08), World Champs bronze (May 08)
Personal best: 5704 points

PATH TO THE PODIUM

2008 form: Livingston's World Cup gold in Cairo, and World Championship bronze in Hungary, put her at the top of her sport. This year's performances have been in a different class to the rest of her senior career, which began in 2006.

Livingston and Fell look ahead to Beijing

Rivals: Livingston has a British rival in Devonian pentathlete Heather Fell, one year her senior. The pair are practically level going into the Games - Fell also has a World Cup gold to her name, and finished fractionally behind Livingston in fourth place at the Worlds.

The two pentathletes the British pair need to outwit are France's Amelie Caze, 23, and 21-year-old Egyptian Aya Medani.

How she could win: She will need to get past Caze, the current world champion, who is a consistent performer but tails off during the run. That is pentathlon's final event, and one where Livingston traditionally makes good ground, so it could be a question of staying in touch through the first four events.

What she says: "I'd be delighted with a medal but, with pentathlon, so many things can happen on the day. Hopefully if I go there, do my best and enjoy it, I'll be on the podium."

What you say: "Both Katy Livingston and Heather Fell have had awesome seasons and now we have two men qualified too."
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Amelie Caze (left) with Katy Livingston
Caze (left) displays her gold medal with Livingston clutching bronze
Sporting high: World Championship bronze all but rubber-stamped Katy's place in Team GB for Beijing, alongside Fell. "We are both so happy, I think it is going to take some time before it all sinks in," she wrote on her website.

Sporting low: Falling off her horse twice in a day at last year's World Championships in Berlin. "My worst sporting moments usually involve horses," she subsequently told the Daily Telegraph.

In action: Friday 22 August, 0130-1340 BST
Modern pentathlon events used to take place over a number of days, but now athletes must prepare for a gruelling 12-hour, five-sport marathon.

AWAY FROM PENTATHLON

Life before sport: Livingston has been a modern pentathlete for a number of years. She went to Bath University before taking up the sport full-time, and grew up in Redcar, in north-east England.

Hero worship: She is a fan of the Beckhams and Robbie Williams, and looks up to Paula Radcliffe and Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft, who she says "always seems to be enjoying herself when she is competing".

Victoria Beckham in 2000
Would you take fashion tips from this woman? An early Posh outfit
Most likely to: Be found at Hillsborough. Despite growing up a couple of miles down the road from Middlesbrough, she is a passionate Sheffield Wednesday supporter, listing the 2005 play-off final against Hartlepool as her favourite game of all time.

Least likely to: Be found flicking through the "Horses for sale" pages of Horse & Hound. Competitors are handed a horse at random in pentathlon's show jumping event - in her words, Katy's mount at one World Cup event "threw me off, jumped out of the arena, and galloped off down the road".

Did you know? Katy is a dedicated follower of fashion. BBC Sport once rang up to be told she was out "shopping for handbags" - she even worked handbags into an interview for a Sheffield Wednesday fanzine - and she was "gutted" not to be allowed to keep the hair extensions from a photo shoot with a glossy magazine.

When asked by a newspaper who she would most like to invite to dinner, she nominated Victoria Beckham "for wardrobe tips" (allowing Victoria's husband David along "mainly for aesthetic reasons").


see also
Livingston and Fell make GB team
11 Jun 08 |  Modern Pentathlon
Livingston shines on world stage
02 Jun 08 |  Modern Pentathlon
Livingston grabs World Cup gold
23 Feb 08 |  Modern Pentathlon
GB pentathletes take relay gold
20 Aug 07 |  Other sport...
GB women secure world team silver
19 Nov 06 |  Other sport...


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