Woodbridge raring to go

09 August 2012 / 18:01

Nick Woodbridge has declared himself in the best shape of his life as he prepares to go for Olympic gold in the men's modern pentathlon competition on Saturday.

The British athlete will be one of 36 men hoping to fence, swim, ride, run and shoot their way onto the podium in one of the Olympics' most challenging events.

Woodbridge represented Britain in Beijing four years ago as a 22-year-old, finishing 25th, and has had a steady season with top-10 finishes at three World Cup competitions and the World Championships.

After joining the rest of the British team for two spells at their high-altitude training camp in Font Romeu, France, Woodbridge is confident he can put it all together when it really matters.

He said: "There's been a few things I haven't been happy with but I've been able to put them right in this training period.

"It's been a case of not being able to put all the disciplines together on the same day. They've all been there but at different competitions.

"The guys who have been consistently up there are the ones you need to worry about. I've been consistently just outside the medals. It's not about being consistently fifth, I want to be in the medals. I think I'm in the best shape of my life now and this is where I need to do it."

The competition will be held at three different venues across the day, beginning in the Copper Box for the fencing, moving on to the Aquatics Centre and then finishing at Greenwich Park for the show jumping and finally the combined run and shoot.

Woodbridge has the added confidence booster of knowing he has already won in medal in Greenwich having picked up a bronze at the test event last summer, which featured all the world's top athletes.

The 26-year-old from Shropshire said: "It's certainly mentally beneficial to know you've won a medal, especially on that course, but on the day everything's reset and I'll be looking to go two better and get the gold."