Georgina Harland

Georgina Harland

British athlete (pentathlon discipline)
Date of Birth: 15.04.1978
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Georgina Harland
  2. The Modern Pentathlon
  3. Olympic Success in Athens
  4. Early Career and Achievements
  5. Continued Success

Biography of Georgina Harland

Georgina Harland is a British athlete who specializes in the modern pentathlon. She was born on April 15, 1978, in Canterbury, a city in the county of Kent.

Georgina Harland

The Modern Pentathlon

The modern pentathlon is one of the most grueling competitions in contemporary sports, where athletes compete in five disciplines: shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding, and running.

Georgina Harland

Olympic Success in Athens

Georgina Harland won the bronze medal in the modern pentathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Her performance was remarkable considering her initial position of 30th out of 32 competitors after the shooting event. She climbed to 26th place after the fencing event and finished second in swimming, moving up to 19th place overall. After the horse riding discipline, Harland secured the 14th position. In the final event, the cross-country race, she delivered an outstanding performance, finishing only behind two athletes and ultimately winning the bronze medal. Her total score was 5344, with the breakdown as follows: Shooting - 808, Fencing - 832, Swimming - 1308, Horse riding - 1144, Running - 1252.

Early Career and Achievements

Georgina Harland started practicing modern pentathlon in 1996. She believes that this discipline requires both mental and physical preparation, as well as a certain level of toughness. Prior to her Olympic success, Harland had already achieved impressive results at the international level. She won the bronze medal at the 2001 and 2002 World Championships and the gold medal at the 2003 European Championships. She was also a reserve player at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she witnessed her teammates Stephanie Cook winning gold and Kate Allenby winning bronze. Harland finished tenth in the individual standings at the 2006 European Championships, contributing to Great Britain's success. She ended the 2006 season with a seventh-place finish at the World Championships in Guatemala, helping her team secure the silver medal in the team event.

Continued Success

In April 2007, Georgina Harland returned to the World Cup competitions in Millfield and achieved remarkable results. She won gold immediately after celebrating her 29th birthday and later secured silver in Hungary in May. Harland, who holds a degree in geography from Loughborough University, trains with the Modern Pentathlon Association in Great Britain. She was able to convince her mother's friend to open a pool at the school's recreational center in Canterbury specifically for her training during the Christmas holidays.