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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Britain's pentathlon pair
Georgina Harland
Georgina Harland is one of the favourites for Athens
Great Britain's modern pentathletes have a lot to live up to if they are to match their success of four years ago.

But improvement on the gold and bronze won by Stephanie Cook and Kate Allenby in Sydney is not out of the question.

While Cook retired to pursue a career in medicine, Allenby will be back, fresh from winning silver at the world championships in Moscow in May.

European champion Georgina Harland, who was a reserve in Sydney, is also expected to challenge for a medal.

Britain's leading man, Giles Hancock, failed to make the qualifying grade.

OLYMPIC HOPEFULS

Kate Allenby The 2004 season is Allenby's 11th in the sport and she has shone on almost every stage imaginable.

She clinched Olympic bronze four years ago, won the World Cup final in 1998 and has bronze and silver medals to boast from previous World Championships, and this year came second behind Szusza Voros at the Worlds in May.

Her Olympic bronze was all the more impressive considering she had to overcome a serious shoulder injury in the competition.

Georgina Harland Although Britain are without the impressive Cook, they have an excellent replacement in 26-year-old Harland.

She spent much of the season as world number one after winning the European Championships last August and followed that up by taking gold at the World Cup final in Athens in December.

Like Allenby, she is based in Bath and also boasts an impressive pedigree on the world stage - she finished fifth at the world championships in May.

Harland looks a good bet to do well in Athens, having won the World Cup Final in the Greek capital.





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