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2013 Schools Modern Biathlon Championships to get underway

Posted on Wednesday, 16th Jan 2013 by Steve Ballinger

Hundreds of young athletes will begin the quest for places in the final of the 2013 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships this weekend.
Over 750 young people aged 9 to 17 will take part in the first of three semi-finals at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London on Sunday.
The second and third semi-finals are at Millfield School in Street, Somerset and at Macclesfield Leisure Centre in Macclesfield, both on Sunday 27 January.
The Championships are organised and run by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon and gives young people the opportunity to participate in an exciting multi-sport competition.
Athletes tackle a run and a swim in seven age groups from Year 5 to Year 12/13, with a separate competition for teachers.  Those in Year 5, 6 and 7 and teachers, face a 50m swim and 500m run, while Years 8, 9, 10/11 and 12/13 tackle a 100m swim and 1000m run.
The top athletes in each age group qualify places for the British Championships finals at Crystal Palace on Sunday 24 March – when they will have the chance to battle it out for the national titles.
Some of Britain’s most talented modern pentathletes competed in the event  in the past, including Jamie Cooke, who went on to win the 2011 World Junior Championships and Kate French, runner-up at last year’s European Junior Championships.
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or 07765 071683. You can also check the Pentathlon GB website at www.pentathlongb.org, follow Pentathlon GB onTwitter @PentathlonGB or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB


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Monday, 14th Apr 2014 2014-04-14 Tasker set for World Cup debut in China

Twenty-year-old Luke Tasker is set to make his Modern Pentathlon World Cup debut at this week’s competition in Chengdu, China.
Tasker is a member of a six-strong GB team competing at the event. He joins 20-year-old Sam Curry, who contests his fourth World Cup, and 21-year-old Tom Toolis, who competes at only his second World Cup, in a young GB men’s team.
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray heads the GB women’s team. She is joined by Freyja Prentice and Kate French, who are ranked 17th and 19th in the world respectively.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Chengdu will be another opportunity for selected athletes to score points for the pentathlon world ranking list and hopefully achieve positive results for the British rankings, which will be used to select the teams for the European and World Championships later in the season.”
Tasker, who is studying Sports Performance at the University of Bath, finished 27th at the International Budapest Cup in Hungary a week ago, where Curry was 22nd and Toolis 23rd.
French continued her strong performances over the last year by taking the silver medal in the women’s competition at the International Budapest Cup, finishing 26 seconds behind Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs.
Samantha Murray came home sixth with Jo Muir seventh, Georgia Pipes 20th and Caroline Nickerson 25th.
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
GB team for Chengdu
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 14th Apr 2014 2014-04-14 Muir wins gold and Choong silver at junior international

Two young British pentathletes produced strong performances to secure podium places at the Milan Kadlec Memorial junior international competition in Prague at the weekend.