Heather Fell

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Heather Fell
Medal record
Competitor for  Great Britain
Modern Pentathlon
Olympic Games
Silver 2008 Beijing Individual
World Championships
Silver 2008 Budapest Team
Silver 2008 Budapest Team Relay
Silver 2009 London Team
Silver 2010 Chengdu Team
Gold 2012 Rome Team
World Cup
Gold 2008 Millfield Individual
Bronze 2007 Moscow Individual
Bronze 2008 Kladno Individual
European Championships
Gold 2007 Riga Team relay
Silver 2007 Riga Individual
Silver 2009 Leipzig Individual
Bronze 2010 Debrecen Team
Silver 2012 Sofia Team
Bronze 2012 Sofia Team relay

Heather Fell (born 3 March 1983 in Plymouth, England) is a British modern pentathlete.[1] She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal in the women's modern pentathlon event.[2]

Early life[edit]

Fell grew up in Tavistock, Devon, where she was taught to ride and shoot, both disciplines in the pentathlon, by the parents of the 2000 Olympic pentathlon bronze medallist Kate Allenby.[3] Heather has a degree in physiotherapy from Brunel University.[1]


After initial success at junior level, including two gold and one silver medal in the 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens,[1] Fell nearly gave up the sport in 2006 when, due to a series of shin splint injuries, her funding was cut by UK Sport.[4] She described this as giving her "the kick up the arse I needed",[3] and, forced to stop training at the University of Bath's facilities due to the cost of living in the city, she moved back home with her parents, funding her continued training with three part-time jobs; as a swimming coach, a barmaid and a physiotherapist. Her funding was not restored until she qualified for the Olympics.[3]

2007 brought her first medal success in a World Cup event, with bronze in Moscow. Fell won an individual silver medal at the 2007 European Championships in Riga,[1] reaching the Olympic qualifying standard in doing so.[5] She also won a gold medal as part of the relay team, with Katy Livingston and Georgina Harland.[1]

In 2008 Fell won medals at two events on the World Cup circuit, gold at Millfield and bronze in Kladno.[6][7] In Kladno she went into the final discipline, the run, in 5th place,[7] but moved up two positions with a personal best, she had also set a PB in the swimming.[1] At the World Championships, in Budapest, she finished just outside of the medals in 4th place in the individual event but picked up silver medals as a member of the squads in team event, with Georgina Harland and Mhairi Spence, and team relay event, with Katy Livingston and Spence.[1] In January 2014 Fell announced her retirement to pursue a career in media.[8]

2008 Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing, Fell won the silver medal in the women's individual event, behind Lena Schoneborn of Germany.[2] In the first discipline, the air pistol shooting, she scored 185 out of a possible 200, this corresponded to 1156 points and 6th place.[9] Results of 880 points in the fencing,[10] 1328 points in the freestyle swimming,[11] and 1144 points in the show jumping followed,[12] leaving her in 2nd position, with a 19 second deficit on leader Schoneborn, heading into the 3000 m run. Fell completed the run in 10 minutes 19.24 seconds, a time worth 1244 points,[13] giving her a final total of 5752 points. Despite closing the gap on Schoneborn by 9 seconds she was unable to catch her and take victory.[2] She said after the medal ceremony, "It's pretty obvious that I don't regret deciding to stick with it."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Team GB > Beijing 2008 > Athlete profile > Heather Fell". Website of the BOA. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Schoneborn pips GB's Fell to gold". BBC Sport. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bull, Andy (2008-08-22). "Olympics- High five as Fell takes unexpected silver in a true test of endurance". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ Eason, Kevin (2008-08-23). "Heather Fell claims modern pentathlon silver". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Pentathlon duo achieve Games mark". BBC Sport. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Fell claims World Cup gold for GB". BBC Sport. 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  7. ^ a b "Fell medal boosts Olympic hopes". BBC Sport. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Plymouth Herald". Plymouth Herald. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Results Women's Shooting 10m Air Pistol". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Results Women's Fencing Epee One Touch". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  11. ^ "Results Women's Swimming 200m Freestyle". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Results Women's Riding Show Jumping". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  13. ^ "Results Women's Running 3000m". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 

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