Joe Choong to make first 2017 international appearance
- Joe to make 2017 international debut after taking time out to concentrate on university degree
- 21 year-old joined by Bradley Sutton and senior debutant George Budden in men’s team
- Bristol’s Charlie Follett and Easingwold’s Georgia Pipes to compete in women’s competition in Berlin
2016 Olympian Joe Choong will make his first international appearance of the year at the German International Championships this weekend. Joe, who finished 10th on his Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro last August took time out from training over the winter to concentrate on his Mathematics degree at the University of Bath, but is now ready to re-join the international fray.
The 21 year-old will be joined by Hampshire duo Bradley Sutton and George Budden in the men’s team in the German capital. It will be 17 year-old George’s first international modern pentathlon appearance as he competes in a senior world ranking competition for the first time.
The youngster, who competed at last year’s Under 19 European Championships, will be hoping to continue a good run of form this season which has him finish 2nd and 5th in the two Pentathlon GB National Youth Ranking Competitions before coming 8th at the GB Youth International in Solihull last month.
In addition to these competitions, the 17 year-old competed in the riding discipline at both of Pentathlon GB’s National Ranking Competitions (Senior & Junior) making him eligible for Junior selection in 2017.
The final member of the men’s team, Basingstoke’s Bradley Sutton, moved to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath last September and is currently ranked 5th in the UK. It will be the TASS supported athlete’s second international appearance of the year having competed at the Hungarian Indoor competition in January.
A young Pentathlon GB line-up is completed by Easingwold’s Georgia Pipes and Bristol’s Charlie Follett who will compete in the Women’s competition in the German capital. The duo, who also train at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre, are currently ranked 7th and 8th in the UK.
Both athletes impressed at the Swiss Women International a fortnight ago with Charlie, who will celebrate her 20th birthday in Berlin, securing a superb silver medal and Georgia narrowly missing out on a medal in 4th.
The five athletes will be looking to continue Pentathlon GB’s remarkable start to 2017 which has seen our athletes pick up 15 medals from just 6 events.
The men’s competition will take place on Saturday 8th April with the women’s event on Sunday 9th April. The provisional schedule (GMT) for both days is as follows:
- 07:30 – Swimming
- 09:00 – Fencing
- 13:20 – Fencing
- 16:20 – Laser-Run
- Georgia Pipes, 20, originally from Easingwold, Yorkshire. Currently training at Bath NTC.
- Charlie Follett, 19, originally from Bristol. Currently training at Bath NTC.
- Joe Choong, 21, originally from Orpington, London. Currently training at Bath NTC.
- Bradley Sutton, 18, originally from Basingstoke, Hampshire. Currently training at Bath NTC.
- George Budden, 17, originally from Romsey, Hampshire.