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Jan Bartu in "philosophical" mood after Rome World Cup final performances Saturday, 11th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Performance Director Jan Bartu said he was in “philosophical” mood after two incident-packed finals for Pentathlon GB’s athletes at World Cup 3 in Rome.

He was pleased to see Tom Toolis finish 17th in his first senior men’s final on Saturday, which made him the top-placed Brit ahead of Nick Woodbridge in 20th, Joe Evans in 26th and Joe Choong in 27th.

But Bartu added that a possible problem with the laser scoring system in the combined run/shoot had contributed to Freyja Prentice missing out on a top-ten finish in the women’s final on Friday.

She finished 17th, while Kate French – who was eliminated in the ride after four refusals – was 33rd.

“We were expecting to be a bit more towards the top but I take a philosophical view about these things,” said Bartu.

“The girls had some really bad luck and sometimes that happens. Kate had a dismal ride but she is usually one of the top riders in the competition, so that was unusual to see.

“Freyja was having a good day and was well placed going into the combined event but she timed out on the fourth shoot, which was most likely due to a failure with the laser scoring system, and that ruined her day.

“As for the men, it was very good to see all four of them reach the final but it was an uphill struggle for them after the fencing, we expected better results from that.

“They fought back with some good swimming and riding performances, and for Tom Toolis to finish 17th in his first senior final was a very respectable result – congratulations to him on that.”

The British men got off a slow start in Saturday’s final, with Woodbridge 21st after winning 17 of his fencing bouts, Choong 28th after 15 wins, Toolis 29th after 13 wins and Evans 33rd after 12 wins.

However, Evans was quickest in the pool and one of only two athletes to go under two minutes as he touched the wall in 1:59.27.

Woodbridge produced the third quickest time of 2:00.12 to move up to tenth overall, while Toolis and Choong clocked 2:04.02 and 2:04.98 respectively.

Toolis continued his climb up the rankings with a perfect ride, becoming one of only two athletes to record a maximum 300-point haul.

Choong picked up 293 points, while Woodbridge and Evans both added 286 to their total.

That moved Woodbridge up to ninth going into the combined run/shoot, 40 seconds behind leader Jiahao Han of China and one place ahead of Ukraine’s Pavlo Tymoshchenko who surged through the field to claim an impressive victory.

Robert Kasza was runner-up, while fellow Hungarian Adam Marosi just failed to catch third-placed Pierpaolo Petroni of Italy on the line.

The next World Cup will take place in Kecskemét, Hungary from April 30 to May 4.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Final frustration for Freyja Prentice and Kate French at Rome World Cup Friday, 10th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

It proved to be a frustrating day in Rome for Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French during an incident-packed women’s final at World Cup 3.

Prentice finished 17th overall after a technical problem with her final shoot and French was 33rd after a frustrating afternoon which saw her eliminated in the ride after four refusals.

Victory went to London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite in remarkable fashion – the Lithuanian had been 20th going into the combined run/shoot, 59 seconds adrift of leader Sarolta Kovacs on Hungary, but surged through the field to claim the most unlikely of wins.

Prentice and French, who had both won bronze medals at the two previous World Cups this year, were looking to maintain Pentathlon GB’s impressive run of podium finishes at women’s finals.

They were 20th and 30th respectively after the opening fencing discipline, Prentice winning 18 bouts and French 14, and were unable to make up ground in the swimming pool, clocking 2:25.47 and 2:20.09.

Prentice got right back into contention for a top-ten finish when she produced a perfect ride on Eskimo to gain a maximum haul of 300 points.

But French did not fare as well on her horse, Corrading, and picked up no points after four refusals led to elimination.

That meant she started the run/shoot five minutes behind leader Kovacs, while Prentice was 45 seconds adrift.

She was performing well but lost valuable ground after the laser scoring system timed out on the final shoot and eventually finished 17th after clocking 13:14.50. French completed the run/shoot in 13:09.36.

Pentathlon GB’s men will be hoping for better fortunes in Saturday’s final, with Joe Evans, Joe Choong, Tom Toolis and Nick Woodbridge all in action.

 

Pentathlon GB's fantastic four book men's final places at Rome World Cup Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

All four Pentathlon GB men have made it through to Saturday’s final at World Cup 3 in Rome after impressive performances in Thursday’s qualification round.

Joe Evans and Tom Toolis finished second and third respectively in Group A, while Joe Choong also placed in the top three in Group B.

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, making his first World Cup appearance for two years after a hip injury, narrowly missed out on one of the eight automatic qualification places in Group B but his total of 1,198 was more than good enough to put him through on points.

Evans made a solid start to the day, winning 20 of his fencing bouts for 229 points before producing the fastest swim in his group – 1:59.73.

He then completed the combined run/shoot in 11:10.69 to record 1,200 points overall, matching the total of group winner Simon Casse of France.

Just one point behind Casse and Evans was Toolis, who won 21 of his fencing bouts before clocking 2:04.93 in the pool and 11:03.01 in the run/shoot.

Pentathlon GB team-mate Choong scored 1,207 points for third place in Group B. He started the day by winning 17 fencing bouts before recording the fourth-fastest times in both the swim and run/shoot – 2:01.94 and 10:43.42 respectively.

Woodbridge was well placed for automatic qualification after winning 19 of his fencing bouts and clocking 1:59.98 in the swimming, the second quickest time in Group B.

He was unsurprisingly a little rusty in the run/shoot and lost ground with a time of 11:12.17, which put him tenth overall in the group. However, he had comfortably done enough to progress through points qualification.

That means that Pentathlon GB will have six representatives in the finals in Rome, with Freyja Prentice and Kate French having progressed through the women’s qualifiers on Wednesday. Their final takes place on Friday.

 

Freyja Prentice and Kate French march on in Rome Thursday, 9th Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Pentathlon GB duo Freyja Prentice and Kate French are safely through to the women’s individual final at World Cup 3 in Rome, Italy.

Prentice – who won a bronze medal at the last World Cup in Cairo, Egypt in March – topped Group B in the qualifying stages on Wednesday with 1,080 points, ranking her ninth overall.

And French – a third-placed finisher at World Cup 1 in Sarasota, US in February – scored 1,076 points to rank eighth in Group B and 16th overall.

Prentice made a solid start, winning 19 of her fencing bouts for 236 points. French’s 17 wins earned her 222 points.

They then clocked times of 2:27.10 and 2:22.59 respectively in the 200m swim before finishing strongly in the combined run/shoot.

Prentice’s time of 11:55.61 was the fourth fastest of the day in Group B and worth 585 points, while French was fifth fastest in 11:59.23.

Joanna Muir missed out on a place in Friday’s final after placing 15th in a strong Group A.

She won 11 of her fencing bouts and recorded a good time of 2:16.55 in the pool but was not able to make up the necessary ground in the run/shoot, where she clocked 12:22.26.

World Champion Samantha Murray was due to compete in Rome but Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu explained she had been withdrawn to prepare for the next World Cup in Budapest, Hungary.

Pentathlon GB’s men are in qualification action on Thursday, with Nick Woodbridge – making his first World Cup appearance in two years – in action alongside Joe Evans, Tom Toolis and Joe Choong.

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Olympian Woodbridge receives season's first World Cup call-up Wednesday, 1st Apr 2015 Caroline Searle

Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge will make his first World Cup appearance for two years after being named in the Pentathlon GB squad for this season’s third World Cup in Rome from 8-13 April.

Reigning World Champion Samantha Murray – who struck gold at the opening World Cup in Sarasota, US – also returns to a women’s team which features Kate French and Frejya Prentice, who have both won bronze medals this season.

Woodbridge – who competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games – has struggled with hip problems during the past couple of years and last appeared at a World Cup in Chengdu, China, in April 2013.

However, he is working his way back to full fitness and made his first competitive appearance of 2015 at the Budapest Cup in Hungary earlier this month.

Woodbridge is joined in the Pentathlon GB men’s team for Rome by Tom Toolis, Joe Choong and Joe Evans, who is making his third World Cup appearance of the season.

That record is matched in the women’s team by Prentice, who finished a fine third at the Cairo World Cup earlier this month.

Making their second World Cup appearances will be Murray and French, both of whom were on the podium in Sarasota, and Joanna Muir, who was victorious at the Swiss Women's International last week.

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu believes his team will face their strongest competition of the year so far in Rome.

“I expect that this World Cup will be the best attended of the season up to this point,” he said. “There will be plenty of teams from Asia taking part, which wasn’t the case in Cairo.

“I would not like to predict anything in terms of performance but I would like to see all of our team feature in the final stages.

“Nick Woodbridge is returning to the World Cup stage and it will be good to see what he is capable of doing at this stage of his comeback.

“Samantha, Kate and Freyja have all done really well this season and there will be expectation on their side but every single competition is different.”

The Rome World Cup is the latest major competition in a big year for Pentathlon GB, which includes the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification period.

A key event on the road to Rio will be the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, taking place at the University of Bath from August 18-23.

Tickets are now on sale for the event – visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015 for more information.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 3, Italy

Women:

Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Kent – lives: Bath

Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – lives: Bath

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.1994, Castle Douglas, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Men:

Joseph Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Joe Evans – 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Bartu pays tribute to his athletes in Cairo despite a testing backdrop Sunday, 22nd Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

Jan Bartu, the GB Performance Director, paid tribute today to the British athletes in Cairo this weekend at the World Cup.

“The medal was fantastic yesterday and we should not be disappointed with the men today given the circumstances”, he said.

Freyja Prentice took bronze in the women’s individual event despite horse problems and was backed by a fantastic debut performance from Francesca Summers who finished 14th.

Today Joe Evans came home 15th overall and Jamie Cooke, a World Cup winner a month ago in the USA, was 32nd. Both were battling a stomach virus as well as the opposition.

“These things happen and it’s not an excuse. That’s just the way it is”, said Bartu.

Joe Evans looked on track to lay down his best World Cup performance since early 2013 when he started the final event – the combined run-shoot – in sixth place.

Earlier, like Cooke, he fenced reasonably well and then clocked the second fastest swim of the day and added a flawless ride to set him up for the combined.

“That’s when you could see that he didn't’ have anything left, that’s where it had its effect”, said Bartu who watched as Evans dropped back to 16th overall.

Cooke laboured hard to the end but also dropped places during the combined from 21st to 30th place.  He struggled, too, on the swim posting an unusually slow time of 2:07.51.

Home favourite Omar El Geziry was first going into the run-shoot but was overhauled by Latvia’s Ruslan Nakonechnyi who was in fantastic form on the range.  He went on to take gold with the Czech Republic’s Jan Kuf in silver.

Yesterday, Freyja Prentice, became the third British woman to stand on a World Cup podium this season so far, underlining the GB squad’s strength in depth.

She took bronze, in an event won by Olympic Champion Laura Askadauskaite, to add to the gold and bronze medals won by Samantha Murray and Kate French respectively a month ago.

Prentice, who finished with 1323 points, battled hard to move up from seventh to take a medal in a thrilling finish to the combined run-shoot event.

“Freyja has been a long time in waiting for a performance like this”, said Bartu.

“She started well in the fencing which is important for her as her swimming is not her strongest event”.

Drama then struck as the horse drawn by Prentice was eliminated in the first round after a few fences when ridden by another rider. 

Bartu and Prentice had to make a choice whether to risk riding it or asking for the reserve choice. They settled for the latter and, with under 20 minutes to get to know her new mount, Prentice’s flawless ride was all the more remarkable.

“I think that gave her the confidence she needed going into the last event to get a medal”, said Bartu.

“Francesca also deserves big credit for the way in which she performed, being in the situation of competing at a World Cup for the first time in her life.  It was fantastic to see and so good for the women’s group as another athlete is now there and lining up”.

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For further information contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 384211 or press@matchtight.co.uk

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 2, Egypt

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

Swiss Women’s International – 21 March

Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.94, Castle Douglas, Dumfries - lives: Bath

Georgia Pipes – 07/06/96, Easingwold, N.Yorks, - lives: Bath.

Maili Mackenzie – 09.02.95, Forest of Ae, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Budapest Cup – 19-21 March

Joseph Choong 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Luke Tasker – 28.01.94, Clitheroe, Lancs, - lives: Bath

Tommy Lees – 07.01.94, lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

Notes for Editors

 

Prentice wins World Cup bronze in Cairo Saturday, 21st Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

Freyja Prentice has become the third British woman to stand on a World Cup podium this season so far, underlining the GB squad’s strength in depth.

She took bronze in Cairo today to add to the gold and bronze medals won by Samantha Murray and Kate French respectively a month ago in the USA.

Prentice, who finished with 1323 points, battled hard to move up from seventh to take a medal in a thrilling finish to the combined run-shoot event.

Earlier Prentice had performed strongly in the fencing competition to record 21 wins and 232 pentathlon points but could only finish 26th fastest in the swim with a time of 2:25.31. 

She put herself back in contention with full points (300) on the ride to leave her in seventh place going into the combined event with a 48 second margin behind American Margaux Isaksen.

Isaksen, who took silver last month in the USA, was leading until the very last shooting stage today when she struggled to hit the targets in a tense climax to the all-day event.

The American was overhauled on the range by Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania who ran on to victory, overturning Isaksen’s 31 second advantage at the start of the combined event.

Prentice came back through the field and moved into bronze just before that final stage.

Francesca Summers, making her senior world cup debut for Britain after taking Youth Olympic Games bronze last year, was seventh in the fencing, 19th in the swim and 20th in the ride. That put her in 10th place, 56 seconds behind the leader, going into the final event before ultimately finishing 14th overall with 1274 points.

Tomorrow Joe Evans and Jamie Cooke will be in action for GB in the men’s individual final.

Talent Identification at the British Triathlon Champs Saturday, 21st Mar 2015 Sue Hyde

 

Entry to Pathway Talent Programme

1. The basis of the GB World Class Programme continues to be a strong physical base with additional consideration criteria for technical disciplines.

2. In addition to the already completed 2014/15 Talent ID Camps it has been approved by the Performance Team that a third TID Camp will be conducted following the 2015 British Triathlon Championships. This is to enable those athletes that did not attend the British Biathlon Championships and subsequently didn’t get the opportunity to attend the camps, now be given that opportunity.

The top 4 athletes (boys and girls) from the British Triathlon Final in the Under 17 (Youth B) age group will be considered. Providing they are not currently on the Pathway Talent Programme. Also, the top 4, Under 15 (2nd year Youth C only) athletes from the British Triathlon Final will also be considered.

N.B. All Under 17 (Youth B) athletes will be required to compete with laser equipment on Sunday 26th April.

All Under 15 (2nd yr C) athletes can be considered by competing on Saturday 25th April In the traditional Pellet shooting Triathlon or can compete with the laser equipment on Sunday 26th April. This will require them to compete in the Under 17 (Yth B) age group (Swim 200 metres and Combined Event of 3 shoots x 2400 run metre no static target)

3. The date of TID#3 camp will be 23rd 24th May 2015

4. TALENT PREPARATION – (In addition to 1 – 3 above)

Athletes at the British Triathlon Championships that in accordance with the Pathway Entry & Exit Policy meet the eligibility standards will be placed in a period of “Talent Preparation” to work towards the 2015/16 TID Camp Series:

An example timeline would be:

  • Attend British Triathlon Championships – April
  • Selected for TID Residential Camps
  • May – October work towards attending the TID Camps, be in receipt of the battery of tests and develop necessary skills
  • November/December attend TID Camps for assessment
Cooke tops World Cup qualifying group in Cairo Friday, 20th Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

Britain’s Jamie Cooke moved into Sunday’s individual men’s final at the season’s second World Cup in Cairo by topping his qualifying group today.

Cooke, from Cheltenham and the winner of the first World Cup of 2015 in the USA last month, recorded 19 wins in the fencing and was second fastest in the swim to give himself a good margin going into the combined run-shoot.  His final total of 1151 was just a point ahead of World Champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia.

In group C, Joe Evans was seventh going into the combined event after posting one of his group’s faster swim times.  He went on to claim third spot, and a qualifying place for the final, with 1134 points, after a first-class combined event.

Britain’s Sam Curry did not have the best of days and finished in 24th with 1045 points and will not progress further. This group was topped today by Max Esposito of Australia,  winner of last year’s GB Junior International at Solihull.

James Myatt - a newcomer to this level - was In group B and hauled himself up from 26th after two events to finish a creditable 19th after a good run-shoot in which he finished in the top ten.

The quartet of men in action today all train at the sport’s UK high performance centre at the University of Bath. This will be the venue for the 2015 European Championships in August where eight Olympic qualifying slots will be contested in August. Tickets went on sale for that event this week:  www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015

Yesterday in Cairo, Francesca Summers and Freyja Prentice both qualified safely for tomorrow’s women’s final.

Summers, a newcomer to the senior ranks, took second place in qualification group B to amass 1034 points.  18 wins in the fencing round were a significant contributor to her performance in the four-discipline contest (fencing, swimming, run-shoot).  Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka, a double World Cup winner in 2014, won this group.

Prentice was also a comfortable qualifier with 1021 points taking fifth place in group A behind group winner Australian Chloe Esposito, a former World Junior Championships bronze medallist.

Prentice was fifth after the fencing with 16 wins but dropped back after posting one of the day’s slower swim times - ground she made up on the run-shoot with the fourth fastest time of her group.

Athletes compete in four disciplines in the qualifying rounds with show-jumping added for the finals.  

World Cup 2, Egypt: GB Team

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

For further information contact: The Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 
Prentice and Summers safely through at World Cup 2 in Cairo Thursday, 19th Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

British modern pentathletes Francesca Summers and Freyja Prentice are both safely through the qualifying round at the season’s second World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

Summers, a newcomer to the senior ranks, took second place in qualification group B to amass 1034 points.  18 wins in the fencing round were a significant contributor to her performance in the four-discipline contest (fencing, swimming, run-shoot).  Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka, a double World Cup winner in 2014, won this group.

Prentice was also a comfortable qualifier with 1021 points taking fifth place in group A behind group winner Australian Chloe Esposito, a former World Junior Championships bronze medallist.

Prentice was fifth after the fencing with 16 wins but dropped back after posting one of the day’s slower swim times - ground she made up on the run-shoot with the fourth fastest time of her group.

Britain’s men will be in action tomorrow in their qualifying round.  Jamie Cooke, a winner in the opening World Cup in the USA last month, will hope to reinforce that success. He is joined by emerging athletes James Myatt, Samuel Curry and Joe Evans.

Athletes compete in four disciplines in the qualifying rounds with show-jumping added for the finals.  

World Cup 2, Egypt: GB Team

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

 

For further information contact: The Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk

 

 

Top modern pentathletes launch ticket sales for 2015 European Championships Wednesday, 18th Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

With five months to go tickets for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships have gone on sale today.  The Championships, one of the earliest opportunities the GB athletes have to qualify for Rio 2016, are set to take place 18 – 23 August 2015 in Bath.

London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray and recent World Cup winner Jamie Cooke look set to vie for one of the eight Olympic qualifying slots on offer at the Championships which  will take place on a compact site at the University of Bath.

Over 100 athletes from across Europe are expected to attend to challenge for the titles in this four event, five discipline sport which is at the heart of Olympic tradition.

Pentathletes compete in fencing, swimming, horse riding and a combined run and shoot event, all in one day, in a challenge of skills and endurance. During the Championships in Bath there will be individual and team events across six days of action.

Bath is a focus for the sport in the UK as the top pentathletes live in the city and train every day in the National Training Centre at the University of Bath’s £30 million Sports Training Village.

Local people will get the chance to join spectators from around the UK and Europe to see Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying up close as the organisers have worked hard to create family friendly ticket prices.

Tickets will be priced from just £6 with under 18s welcomed for £1 each.  As well as the main competition events there will be options to try out the individual sports during breaks in the action plus an event village of stands and displays to add to the big event experience.

“It is not every day that live Olympic sport is on the doorstep, and this is a great opportunity for local people to join those coming from around the country to cheer our athletes on.  This is a crucial event for Europe’s top Pentathletes as well as being an exciting spectacle”, said Event Director Kara Luck.

“The University is the home for Pentathlon GB’s elite squad and we are delighted to work with the sport to host such an important event on the calendar”, said Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath. 

“Modern Pentathletes, many of whom also study at the University, are incredibly high-achieving athletes because of the number of disciplines they need to train towards every day. Theirs is a fascinating sport to watch and this event will rekindle all the excitement of London 2012”, he added.

GB Performance Director Jan Bartu also knows the advantage that a home venue can bring and, for him, the event in August is something quite special.  “I have been working here in Bath since 1998, before the Sports Training Village was built, and it has always been my dream to stage a big event here where we train every day.  It is quite magical for me and my coaching team to finally realise this ambition”.

Recent world cup gold winner and former World Junior Champion Jamie Cooke said:  “ Competing on home soil is always fun, to have the crowd there backing you the whole way.  What makes it even more special is having the Europeans in our city, which I'm sure will bring an added advantage.  

“Having friends and family supporting and watching makes competing even more special.  With this being one of the first chances of qualifying for Rio I'm sure the competition will be fierce, I think we are all looking forward to the challenge”.

Samantha Murray, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, said she was excited by the prospect of competing in an Olympic qualifier at her home training base.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for our sport to harness the interest generated by the 2012 Olympics and by the performance of the British men and women there.”

“From my experience in London I know it will be a fabulous occasion for British athletes to compete on home soil in front of friends, families and supporters, and that’s always an advantage,” she added.

The Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bath forms part of UK Sport’s   £27 million National Lottery funded major events programme to help athletes qualify and prepare for Rio 2016.

For ticket information please visit www.pentathlongb.org/euros2015

For further details contact Bryn Vaile or Caroline Searle in the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or by email at press@matchtight.co.uk

Ticket prices:

See Five (Swim, Fence, Ride, Run & Shoot)

Relay Sessions - £10

Finals - £14

Weekend ticket  - £21

See Four (Fence, Ride, Run & Shoot Ticket)

Relay Sessions - £8

Finals – £12

Weekend ticket - £18

See Three (Ride, Run & Shoot Ticket)

Relay Sessions - £6

Finals - £10

Weekend ticket - £15

 

 

World Cup 1 winner Cooke named in squad for Egypt Friday, 13th Mar 2015 Caroline Searle

Pentathlon GB has today announced its teams for three international competitions in the next 10 days including the season’s second World Cup in Egypt from 19-23 March.

Jamie Cooke will have the chance to add to his opening round success after winning gold in Sarasota, USA, last month.  Samantha Murray, who also took gold, in a historic Pentathlon GB double, is rested for this round.

“We need to maximise the potential of all our athletes to perform well at the big events like the World and European Championships and different athletes are on different programmes because of this.  Sam will compete at the World Cups in Rome and Hungary”, explained National Performance Director Jan Bartu.

Former Junior World Champion Cooke is joined in the men’s squad by Joe Evans, Sam Curry and James Myatt in Cairo, offering a mix of experience and emerging talent.

Performance Director Jan Bartu has gone with a similar mix in his World Cup picks from the women’s squad.  Frejya Prentice, who made her debut on the World Cup circuit in 2009, will compete alongside teenager Francesca Summers.

“Every World Cup is important to us and for the athletes attending as we get closer and closer to Olympic qualifying”, said Bartu of a process for Rio which begins in June at the World Cup final and during which the home Europeans in Bath this August will be a significant milestone.

Bartu is also making use of two other international competitions as the overall training group prepares for that Olympic build-up.  Former World Champion, Mhairi Spence, will compete in the Swiss Women’s International in Bern on 21 March as she eases back into top flight competition after winter training.

Jo Muir, who competed in the World Cup in the USA a month ago, joins Spence as do youngsters Georgia Pipes and Maili Mackenzie.

Five GB men will contest the Budapest Cup from 19-21 March.  They are Joseph Choong, Tom Toolis, Luke Tasker, Tommy Lees and Nick Woodbridge – the latter  is a double Olympian who won bronze in the London 2012 test event to qualify for the home Games and is on the comeback trail.

Pentathlon GB Selected Athletes

World Cup 2, Egypt

Women:

Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen – lives: Bath

Francesca Summers – 13.02.96, Guildford – lives: Paris

Men:

Jamie Cooke 03.03.91, Cheltenham - lives: Bath

Joe Evans  05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – lives: Bath

Samuel Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey – lives: Bath

James Myatt – 13.05.91, Rochester, Kent – lives: Bath

Swiss Women’s International – 21 March

Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – lives: Bath

Joanna Muir – 30.08.94, Castle Douglas, Dumfries - lives: Bath

Georgia Pipes – 07/06/96, Easingwold, N.Yorks, - lives: Bath.

Maili Mackenzie – 09.02.95, Forest of Ae, Dumfries – lives: Bath

Budapest Cup – 19-21 March

Joseph Choong 23.05.95, Orpington – lives: Bath

Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north-east London – lives: Bath

Luke Tasker – 28.01.94, Clitheroe, Lancs, - lives: Bath

Tommy Lees – 07.01.94, lives: Bath

Nick Woodbridge - 01.07.96, Telford – lives: Bath

 

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