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The schools pentathlon international competition, which attracted 64 of the most talented young multi-eventers from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales to Glasgow's Kelvin Hall in mid-December, could be the last of its kind due to the financial hardship confronting schools athletics. The annual summer track and field international also is in danger.

"The schools pentathlon international first brought talent such as Dean Macey to the public eye. It would be a real loss from the athletics calendar," says the Scottish Schools Athletic Association secretary, Linda Trotter.

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