Local modern pentathlete, Giles Hancock, pictured below, stormed back into the competitive arena after a two-year break by taking second place at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships at Stoke Mandeville last weekend.

Hancock has been out for the past couple of years from competition due to injury, but he took part in his first full competition since the World Championships in 2001.

Here he was the only British male competitor to reach the final, and was delighted with his performance.

Hancock has been on a reduced training and competition programme while recovering from two knee operations to correct cartilage problems.

Following extensive physiotherapy programmes, had simply been targeting successfully completing all the five events of running, swimming, shooting, show jumping and fencing.

However, with a final score of 5388, he finished just 32 points behind the gold medal winner, Sam Weale.

Hancock said "I have been been very fortunate that due to my past performances at international level, Sport England had the confidence in me to continue with my funding while I have been injured.

"This meant I was able to concentrate fully on my recovery. I am still not yet at my full level of fitness, so this weekend was a very exciting result for me"

Hancock is one of the twelve sportsmen and women whose progress is being followed in the Times newspaper's monthly "Olympic Dreams Team".

He travels next week to a World Cup competition in Colorado in his bid to secure a place at next year's Olympics. Qualification for one of the 32 places in Athens is based on ranking performances.