Scotland’s Mhairi Spence (26), from Inverness, has achieved a place at the London 2012 Olympics by winning a gold at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships.
At the championships in Rome, Spence became the first British woman to win the individual gold at a Modern Pentathlon World Championship since 2001. She clinched the medal during the final kilometre of the run/shoot discipline.
Commenting on Spence’s success, Sarah Woodcock, manager of Highland Solicitors Property Centre (HSPC) who have sponsored her since 2009, said:
“This is a fantastic triumph by Mhairi. It is clear that she put everything she had into winning the gold and it was an emotional outcome for everyone, including the team at HSPC!
“We are absolutely delighted and – along with everyone across Inverness and the Highlands – we look forward to cheering Mhairi on to further success in London this summer.”
Mhairi Spence commented:
“I am so ecstatically happy to win the World Championships and achieve Olympic qualification. It is great to finally feel all my hard work is paying off. I am on top of the world, metaphorically and literally!
“I want to thank HSPC as always for their support and for sticking by me.”