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GB pentathletes well placed at World Championships

Posted on Wednesday, 21st Aug 2013 by Steve Ballinger

Britain’s modern pentathletes are well placed to progress to the World Championships finals but will have to wait until tomorrow (Thursday) to secure their places after the opening day of competition in Chinese Taipei was disrupted by a typhoon.
 
The threat posed by Typhoon Trami persuaded organisers to change the schedule for day one of the competition in Kaohsiung to reduce the number of events taking place out of doors.
 
It meant the women fenced and swam on the opening day of action – they complete their qualifying round tomorrow  (Thursday) with the combined run/shoot.
 
And the start of the men’s competition was brought forward, with the men fencing today and then tackling the swim and combined event tomorrow.
 
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray made the brightest of starts of the British women and leads group B going into the second day of competition.
 
Group B started in the pool, where Murray’s 2:10.70 was the second quickest 200m freestyle time. Mhairi Spence’s 2:17.53 put her eighth.
 
Murray was again second in the fencing, winning 20 of her 30 fencing bouts to go into tomorrow’s run/shoot in first place. Spence was 11th overall with 16 wins in the fencing for equal 15th place.
 
Freyja Prentice started off well in qualification group A, coming joint third in the fencing with 23 wins and 10 defeats. Her 200m freestyle swim time of 2:24.43 put her seventh overall. Kate French was 12th in the fencing with 18 wins and clocked 2:20.53 in the pool to put her 12th overall in the same semi.
 
The scores achieved by Murray, Spence and French will count towards Britain’s performance in the women's team event.
 
The women need to secure top-12 places in each of the two semis to be sure of progressing to the final – where they are joined by the next 12 highest points scorers across the two semis.
 
It’s tougher for the men, who have to secure a top-eight finish in each of the three semis to be sure of going through to Sunday’s final, with further spots going to the next 12 highest points scorers.
 
Jamie Cooke is currently joint 12th in qualification group A after the fencing with 12 wins and 13 defeats, while Joe Evans, the 18-year-old competing at his first World Championships is 22nd with nine victories, but still has his strong swim and run/shoot to come.
 
Sam Weale goes into day two of the men’s qualifiers in joint sixth place after winning 15 and losing 11 of his fencing contests. 

In group C, Nick Woodbridge won 13 and lost 13 of his bouts and lies joint 12th overnight.

Results achieved by Cooke, Weale and Woodbridge count towards the men's team score.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “All eight athletes are in a position to go through to the finals. It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s something to look forward to tomorrow.”
 
The British team train at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath.
 
GB athletes competing at the World Championships
(Name – date of birth, from – lives)
 
Women
Kate French  - 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.90, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Freyja Prentice -  20.05.90 – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness - Bath
 
Men
Jamie Cooke  - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans   - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Sam Weale – 09.02.82, East Coker near Yeovil, Somerset
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
2013 World Championships schedule
(Kaohsiung is seven hours ahead of British Summer Time)
 
Wednesday 21 August: Women’s individual qualification fencing & swimming
Men’s individual qualification fencing
Thursday 22 August:            Women’s individual qualification run/shoot
Men’s individual qualification swimming & run/shoot
Friday 23 August: Women’s individual & team final
Saturday 24 August: Men’s individual & team final
Sunday 25 August: Mixed relay
Monday 26 August: Women’s relay
Tuesday 27 August: Men’s relay
 
Pentathlon GB is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon. For further information please see www.pentathlongb.org
 
You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PentathlonGB and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
The modern pentathlon sees athletes tackle fencing, swimming, show jumping and a run/shoot all in one day.
 
Great Britain's women have collected an impressive haul of five modern pentathlon medals from the last four Olympic Games, with Steph Cook winning gold at Sydney 2000 and Kate Allenby bronze, Georgina Harland taking bronze at Athens in 2004, Heather Fell winning silver at Beijing in 2008 and Samantha Murray taking silver at London last year.
 


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Sunday, 7th Sep 2014 2014-09-07 Silver for French and Evans as British team end on a high note

The British team ended their Modern Pentathlon World Championships campaign on a high note by winning silver in the mixed relay in Warsaw today (Sunday).
 
Kate French and Joe Evans competed well throughout the day and were just edged out of gold by the powerful Lithuanian pair of London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Laura Asadauskaite and 2013 world champion Justinas Kinderis.
 
It means the Pentathlon GB team will return home with three medals – a gold and two silvers.
 
Samantha Murray became the 2014 modern pentathlon world champion when she won the individual gold medal on Friday, with Murray, French and Freyja Prentice joining forces to win the women’s team silver the same day.
 
Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “They did a fantastic job today and it was an absolutely invaluable experience for both of them. I was delighted for them both.
 
“When you’re going head to head against an Olympic champion and a former world champion, people who have medalled so many times you can’t remember them all, it brings a different dynamic into play.”
 
And he said he was happy with the team’s performances across the championships. “This is a fantastic step on the path to Rio," he said. "It’s important for the athletes and coaches to understand where we are and what we’re capable of. These championships have given us the hope that we’re heading in the direction.”
 
French, aged 23, who collected her second silver of the championships today, said: “It been an amazing day. We had a good day all round and we’re really pleased.”
 
Evans, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday, said: “It was a brilliant race with Kinderis at the end, I really enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed with my fourth shoot, but I was really pleased with my performances today.
 
“We’ve got a really strong team,” he added. “It’s fantastic to be training in Bath with everyone else and hopefully we can bring more results through in the future.”
 
French and Evans started well, winning 27 and losing 11 of their fencing contests, a performance that was only bettered by one win by the Asadauskaite and Kinderis. It means the British pairing netted 250 fencing points, trailing the Lithuanians by six points.
 
Evans produced a terrific swim in the second leg of the 2x100m freestyle swim to push the Pentathlon GB pair to the top of the leader board. The pair’s time of 1:54.56 was the third fastest of the day behind Hungary and France, and was worth 357 pentathlon points.
 
The British team went into the ride with 607 points and a slender four-point advantage over Lithuania.
 
Kinderis had two fences down in the riding arena and Asadauskaite went clear, which means the Lithuanian team dropped 14 points from the maximum 300.
 
French and Evans both went clear to take the full 300 points, so they went into the combined event with an 18-second lead over the Lithuanians.
 
French held off Asadauskaite in her two shoots and 800m runs to hand over to Evans with a slight advantage. Evans and Kinderis ran neck-and-neck for the first 800m, but the Lithuanian overtook the young Briton in the fourth and final shoot.
 
Evans gave it everything in the final run and ended up with a hard-earned silver. The British pair clocked a combined event time of 11:32.98 to make sure of their silver medal and came home just three seconds behind the gold medallists.
 
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Mixed relay results
Gold: Laura Asadauskaite & Justinas Kinderis (LTU) – 1518 points
Silver: Kate French & Joe Evans (GBR)  - 1515 points
Bronze: Oktawia Nowacka & Szymon Staskiericz (POL) – 1504 points
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

Photo courtesy @NickHopeBBC

 

Steve Ballinger
Saturday, 6th Sep 2014 2014-09-06 Top-20 finishes for young pair of Choong and Cooke

Britain’s young pentathletes produced solid performances but couldn’t add to the team’s medal haul at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland today (Saturday).
 
Nineteen-year-old Joe Choong, competing at only his second senior international event, was the highest placed British finisher in 16th in today’s final in Warsaw.
 
And 23-year-old Jamie Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion, came home in 20th.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: "It was a good day for us. It's a big championships and a lot of good things happened for us today, especially when you consider that Jamie (Cooke) is the oldest guy in the men's team and he is only 23.

"Joe (Choong) is clearly very talented and he is coming through very quickly. A top-16 finish at a World Championships is a really significant result for him," he added. "His skills are really good and he needs more experience and competition exposure to maximise his potential.

"Jamie expected a little more today. He had to run flat out in the semis to qualify for the final today and there wasn't enough left. There is still a long way to go till the Games and he now has his winter preparation coming up."
 
Cooke started the better, winning 15 of his 35 fencing bouts to earn 190 pentathlon points for joint 25th. Choong’s 14 victories gave him 184 points, putting him joint 27th. Russia’s Aleksander Lesun won the fence with 27 victories worth 262 points.
 
Both of the British athletes produced strong swims to climb up the leaderboard. The quickest time of the day went to Egypt’s Amro El Geziry with 1:52.31, which was worth 364 points and saw him take the overall lead.
 
Cooke was a close second in the swim. His 200m freestyle time of 1:52.95 gave him 362 points pushing him into 10th place overall. And Choong recorded the third fastest swim time of the day. His 1:54.56 added 357 points to his score, propelling him to 16th overall.
 
Choong rode a beautifully composed round to go clear within the allowed time to add the maximum 300 points to his total. He went to the combined event in 11th place, starting 79 seconds behind Amro El Geziry, who continued to lead.
 
Cooke had an early fence down and followed that up by dislodging the penultimate fence. Each error cost him seven points and he also accumulated six time penalties, so he came away from the ride with 280 points. He went into the run/shoot in 17th, 88 seconds behind the leader.
 
Choong’s combined event time of 11:11.83 was the 17th fastest and saw him end the day in 16th overall. Cooke’s 11:19.41 was 19th fastest and put him 20th overall.
 
It was world number one Lesun who went on to win gold, comfortably easing part Amro El Geziry, who hung on for silver.
 
Team gold went to Hungary. The British team weren’t going to be in the mix for the team medals today as Cooke was the only nominated team scorer to reach the final. Britain finished 12th overall in the men’s team competition.
 
Tomorrow (Sunday) sees Joe Evans and Kate French represent Great Britain in the final competition of the 2014 World Championships, the mixed relay.
 
So far the British team have won two medals, with Samantha Murray taking individual gold yesterday and partnering Kate French and Freyja Prentice to silver in the women’s team competition.
 
Men’s individual results
Gold: Aleksander Lesun (RUS) – 1534 points
Silver: Amro El Geziry (EGY) – 1520 points
Bronze:  Jan Kuf (CZE) – 1513 points
16th: Joe Choong (GBR) – 1470 points
20th: Jamie Cooke (GBR) – 1453 points
 
 
Men’s team results
Gold: Hungary (Robert Kasza, Bence Demeter & Adam Marosi) – 4462 points
Silver: France (Valentin Belaud, Valentin Prades & Christopher Patte) – 4372 points
Bronze: China (Jianli Guo, Jiahao Han & Haihang Su) - 4346 points
12th: Great Britain (Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry & Joe Evans) – 3729 points
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Friday, 5th Sep 2014 2014-09-05 Britain's Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion  Samantha Murray - World Champion 2014

Britain’s Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold in Warsaw today (Friday).

And there was a double celebration for the British team as she joined forces with Kate French and Freyja Prentice to secure the silver medal for Great Britain in the team competition.
 
Twenty-four-year-old Murray becomes only the fourth British woman to win individual Modern Pentathlon World Championship gold and her success today followed an individual bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.
 
Murray’s performances today included a modern pentathlon short course world record for the 200m freestyle and she looked calm and relaxed as she climbed from third to first in the run/shoot to secure gold.
 
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Murray, who is originally from Clitheroe in Lancashire and now lives in Bath, where she trains at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
“I’ve worked so hard for this and I’ve been aiming for this competition for a while. To be able to say I’m world champion is absolutely fantastic. I dreamed of this so often and now my dream has come true.
 
“When I started to relax and smile today all the work I have put in came through. I couldn't believe how easy the combined event felt. I was really on top of it today.
 
“My coaches Istvan (Nemeth) Frici (Foldes) and Jan (Bartu) have had so much faith in me. They've given me so much support and pushed me when I needed it and my training partners have been great. I owe a massive thank you to so many people."
 
And she paid tribute to 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence, who didn't make the final today but helped Murray during her campaign. “Having someone of her experience helping me was fantastic. I owe her a huge thank you,” she said.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “It was a world class performance. It’s fantastic to see her back because it hasn’t been easy for her over the last year.
 
“She decided to go for it and this is the reward for the hard work. She showed maximum composure in the combined event today. From her first shot she was absolutely relaxed and she kept a fantastic rhythmic.
 
“It was an amazing improvement on how she was shooting last year and it's a credit to Istvan Nemeth and the coaching team, and to the English Institute of Sport team who have all contributed to this success.
 
“It was a well deserved silver medal for the team today,” he added. “They were beaten by a better team – the Chinese were almost perfect today.”
 
Murray is Britain’s fourth individual woman modern pentathlon world champion and follows in the footsteps of Wendy Norman (1982), Steph Cook (2001) and Mhairi Spence (2012).
 
Murray started her campaign today by winning 18 of her 34 fencing bouts to put her joint 14th with 208 pentathlon points. French and Prentice won 14 contests each, to start the day in joint 23rd with 184 points. Russia’s Donata Rimsaite led the field with 25 victories for 250 points.
 
Murray produced a storming swim to climb to second place on the leaderboard. Her time of 2:03.84 was a 200m freestyle modern pentathlon world record in a short course pool – smashing the record of 2:04.26 set by Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs at the European Championships in Medway three years ago.
 
That time earned Murray 329 pentathlon points taking her total to 537 points and putting her 10 points behind Kovacs, the new overall leader.
 
French’s time of 2:16.89 was the 19th fastest of the day and added 290 points to her total, putting her 25th.  Prentice’s 2:19.40 was the 28th fastest, earning 282 points and putting her 28th overall going into the ride.
 
Murray kept up her momentum with a steady round in the riding arena. She went clear, but incurred six time penalties to add 294 points to her total. That meant she went to the combined event in third with 831 points.
 
She started 16 seconds behind Kovacs, who still led the field, and five seconds behind Rimsaite, who had moved up to second place.
 
Prentice dropped seven points from the maximum 300 available in the ride to go into the combined event in 25th, 88 seconds off the lead, while French collected 286 points in the ride to go into the run shoot in 24th, starting a second ahead of Prentice.
 
Murray looked relaxed as she set off on the run/shoot, moving past Kovacs into the lead on the second of four 800m running legs. She shot calmly and her lead never looked in doubt, and she crossed the finish line triumphantly with a huge smile on her face. Her combined event time of 12:00.6 was the second fastest of the day.
 
China’s Qian Chen came home eight seconds later to take silver, with her team-mate Wanxia Liang taking bronze, a further 19 seconds back.
 
Prentice’s produced the fifth best run/shoot of the day with a time of 12:07.73 to climb to 19th, while French’s 12:37.52 was 17th fastest and saw her finish in 26th.
 
And there was a double celebration with the performances of Murray, Prentice and French sing Great Britain take team silver behind China.
 
Tomorrow (Saturday) the men return to action in their final with Jamie Cooke and 19-year-old Joe Choong representing Great Britain.
 

Photo Courtesy & Copyright @NickHopeBBC

 
Women’s individual results
Gold: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1411 points
Silver: Qian Chen (CHN) – 1403 points
Bronze: Liang Wanxia (CHN) – 1384 points
19th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 1332 points
26th: Kate French (GBR) – 1303 points
 
 
Women’s team results
Gold: China (Qian Chin, Wanxia Liang & Wei Wang) – 4061 points
Silver: Great Britain (Kate French, Samantha Murray & Freyja Prentice) – 4046 points
Bronze: Belarus (Katsiaryna Arol, Anastasiya Prokopenko & Tatsiana Yelizarova) – 4030 points
 
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 4th Sep 2014 2014-09-04 Cooke and Choong progress to men’s final at World Championships

Two of Britain’s young athletes have qualified for the men’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland.
 
Jamie Cooke, aged 23, did it in style by finishing fifth in his semi-final in Warsaw today, while 19-year-old Joe Choong faced an anxious wait before it was confirmed he had sealed the last ‘next highest points scorer’ slot.
 
But there was disappointment for Sam Curry, who was 21 yesterday, and team-mate Joe Evans, who reaches the same landmark tomorrow, as they both missed out on places in Saturday's final.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director praised the determination of Choong, who is studying for a Mathematics degree at the University of Bath, in reaching the final by the slenderest of margins at only his second senior international competition.
 
“It’s remarkable, you’ve got to have respect for him,” said Bartu. “He showed real intensity in the way he fought and handled the pressure today.”
 
He also praised Cooke, Britain’s 2011 world junior champion. “I would have to say he had his best combined event ever today,” he said. “He was in a really tough group, but he worked his way through the field and ended up in the top-five. That was a really respectable result and hopefully it will give him confidence for the final on Saturday.
 
“We’ve had our youngest men’s team at a World Championships here and competing at this level is a good experience for them.”
 
Group B started in the pool, where both Cooke and Evans got off to a strong start. Cooke’s 200m freestyle time of 1:52.68 was the third fastest earning him 362 pentathlon points. Evans was just behind him in 1:55.92, the fourth fastest time and worth 353 points.
 
Cooke won 13 of his 31 fencing bouts, a performance that earned him 187 points and saw him drop to 15th overall. It meant he went into the run/shoot 20 seconds off the all-important eighth place that meant automatic qualification for the final.
 
Evans started a further 23 seconds back in 22nd place after winning 11 of his fencing contests worth 173 points.
 
Cooke made sure of his place in the final with a combined event time of 11:01.72, the third fastest, to finish fifth overall.
 
Evans’ time of 11:23.36 was the 10th best in the group, but he dropped down to 18th and missed out on the final.
 
Group C also started in the pool, where Choong made a terrific start on his first taste of World Championship action by setting the quickest time in the group – 1:54.37. That meant he started his campaign with 357 pentathlon points.  Curry’s 2:00.67 was 10th fastest, earning him 338 points.
 
Choong won 14 of his 31 fencing bouts to add 194 points to his total and go into the combined event in 11th place – just three seconds off the eighth place automatic qualification spot.
 
Curry won 15 fencing contest, adding 201 points to his swimming total, which meant he went into the combined event in 15th, 12 seconds behind his team-mate.
 
Chong continued his form in the combined event with a time of 11:22.31 to finish 12th overall. That wasn’t enough for an automatic place in the final, but he secured the 12th and last place for the next highest points scorers across the three semis.
 
But Curry missed out. His combined event time of 11:46.85 saw him end his first World Championships campaign in 21st place.
 
Tomorrow (Friday) sees the GB trio of Kate French, Samantha Murray and Freyja Prentice contest the women’s individual final. They were the nominated scorers in the team competition so they will also aim to challenge for the team medals.
 
The British team were the highest scoring team in the heats yesterday, but the teams with all three nominated scorers in the final start from scratch again on Friday.
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

Steve Ballinger
Wednesday, 3rd Sep 2014 2014-09-03 GB trio qualify for World Championships final

Great Britain will have three athletes competing in the women’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland on Friday after Samantha Murray, Kate French and Freyja Prentice qualified from the heats today.

The trio were Britain’s nominated scorers for the team competition, so their progress to the final means Britain will be able to battle for the medals in both the team and the individual events.
 
But there was disappointment for Mhairi Spence in Warsaw as she was edged out of a place in the final.
 
With three semi-finals taking place today, the pressure was on for athletes to secure top-eight finishes in each to book an automatic place in Friday’s final. If they missed that, they had to rely on one of the remaining places available to the next 12 highest points scorers across the three semis.
 
Murray and French both started well in group A. Murray won 18 of her 27 fencing bouts for 242 points and joint third place. French’s 14 wins put her in 11th place with 210 pentathlon points.
 
Murray produced a strong swim to leap to the top of the leaderboard. Her 200m freestyle time of 2:05.73 was worth 323 points which meant she went into the combined event with a healthy 56-second lead over the ninth placed athlete.
 
French still had work to do. Her swim time of 2:16.97 was the 11th fastest, adding 290 points to her total. She went to the combined event in 15th, nine seconds off the all-important eighth place.
 
Murray produced a solid combined event, crossing the finish line first to comfortably book her place in the final with a time of 13:06.41. French had to work harder, but she carved her way through the field and crossed the line in eighth to make sure she joined Murray in the final. Her combined event time of 12:23.50 was the fifth fastest in group A.
 
Group B started in the pool, where Spence’s 200m freestyle time of 2:12.93 was the seventh fastest, earning 302 points.
 
She could only win 12 of her 26 fencing bouts, which added 202 points to her swimming score and saw her go to the combined event in joint 13th.
 
Spence rounded off her campaign with a combined event time of 12:56.59, the 15th fastest of group B, which saw her finish 14th overall with 1028 points and facing an anxious wait to see if that was enough to qualify for the final.
 
Prentice started her campaign in the pool in group C. Her time of 2:19.43 put her 20th with 282 points. She added 218 points to her total by winning 14 of her 26 fencing bouts. That meant she went into the combined event in 13th, 11 seconds off the all-important eighth place.
 
She produced a spirited performance, clocking a time of 12:21.49 – the third fastest combined event in group C – to finish seventh and progress to the final. That performance also kept Britain's team campaign alive.
 
But there was disappointment for Spence, who found her points score wasn’t enough to progress as a ‘next highest points scorer’.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “Samantha, Kate and Freyja proved that they deserved to be in the team. Despite a few setbacks during the day, they competed well.
 
“It was good to see Samantha looking confident and competing really well. Kate was on the back foot a bit in the fencing, so she had to run hard to be sure of getting into the final." he added.  “We always had confidence Freyja could make it into the final and she did. She still has room for improvement in the shoot, but I think that will get better in the final.”
 
Tomorrow (Thursday) the British men get their individual and team campaigns underway. Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Joe Evans are all aiming for places in Saturday’s final.
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

Steve Ballinger
Tuesday, 2nd Sep 2014 2014-09-02 Cooke and Toolis are seventh in men's relay

Britain’s Jamie Cooke and Tom Toolis finished in a creditable seventh place in the first men’s competition of the 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland today (Tuesday).
 
The British pair climbed two places from ninth in the combined event but couldn’t get among the medals in the men’s relay competition at the championships in Warsaw.
 
Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “They delivered the performances we expected from them today. Realistically a top-six finish would have been perfect, but a top-seven is respectable.
 
“They gave away a few victories in the fencing, but they had a very good swim, a clear ride and a decent combined event at a top competition,” he added. “It’s a very good start for the men’s team in Warsaw.
 
“It was also a good warm-up competition for Jamie ahead of the individual semi-finals on Thursday, while Tom confirmed that he has been gradually improving this year.”
 
Toolis, competing at his first World Championships won a men's relay bronze at the last month's European Championships, and Cooke, Britain’s 2011 World Junior Champion, made a steady start, winning 13 of their fencing bouts worth 187 pentathlon points. That meant they started their campaign in 12th place among the 17 nations in action.
 
Teams from Belarus, the Czech Republic and France led the way with 19 victories apiece for 229 points.
 
The British pairing produced the fourth fastest 2x100m freestyle swim of the day – a time of 1:45.36 – adding 384 points to their total. That kept them in 12th overall with a new total of 571 points.
 
The Russians set the fastest time of the day – 1:44.61 – while the team from Belarus were now leading the field by just two points from the Czech Republic and Egypt.
 
Cooke and Toolis kept up their momentum by winning the ride. The pair both went clear in the allowed time to bag the maximum 300 points in the riding arena.
 
Their time of 1:45.36 was the quickest of the 10 teams to go clear in the allowed time.  Great Britain climbed to ninth going into the run/shoot with a total of 871 points. They started 32 seconds behind the Belarus pair of Raman Pinchuk and Stanislau Zhurauliou, who continued to lead with 903 points.
 
Cooke led the GB pair off on the run/shoot, handing over to Toolis. Their time of 10:48.10 were the seventh fastest of the day, earning 652 pentathlon points to cross the line seventh.
 
Gold went to the French pair of Valentin Prades and Valentin Belaud, who climbed from fifth place in the run/shoot.  Belarus took silver with Korea winning bronze.
 
Tomorrow (Wednesday) sees the start of the individual competitions, with a quartet of British women Kate French, Samantha Murray, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence - bidding for places in Friday’s final.
 
 
Men’s relay results
Gold: Valentin Prades & Valentin Belaud (FRA) – 1578 points
Silver: Raman Pinchuk & Stanislau Zhurauliou (BLR) – 1576 points
Bronze: Woojin Hwang & Woo Jin Lee (KOR) – 1571 points
7th: Jamie Cooke & Tom Toolis (GBR) -  1523 points
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 1st Sep 2014 2014-09-01 GB miss out on opening day of World Championships

Britain’s Samantha Murray and Alice Fitton missed out on the medals in the opening compeion of the 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Poland today (Monday).
 
The pair ended the day in 13th place in the women’s relay at the championships in Warsaw.
 
They started off well, finishing joint ninth among the 15 pairings in the fencing with 13 victories from their 28 bouts worth 194 pentathlon points. The Belarus pair of Katsiaryna Arol and Anastasiya Prokopenko led the field with 19 fencing victories for 242 points.
 
Murray and Fitton produced by far the quickest swim time of the day to climb to fifth overall. The British duo were the only pair to break the two-minute mark for the 2x100m freestyle relay – and they did it in style with a time of 1:56.67. That added 350 pentathlon points to their total to put them fifth with 544 points, with China’s Qian Chen and Wanxia Liang the new leaders on 564 points.
 
But the British campaign effectively ended the in riding arena, where Murray struggled to control her horse, leading to the team’s elimination from the ride. It meant Britain took no points from the ride, dropping to 13th overall. China continued to lead on 864 pentathlon points.
 
Fitton and Murray put in a brave battle in the run/shoot. Their combined event time of 12:14.03 was the seventh fastest of the day, but it wasn’t enough to improve on their 13th place.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said the pair performed well across the day, apart from that ride.
 
“That’s pentathlon, sometimes this happens,” he said. “I’m sure it will happen to other nations during the course of the championships, but hopefully it was a one-off for us.
 
“They had a reasonable day other than that. They looked good after the swim and they both shot well and had a very good combined event.”
 
China comfortably took gold, from Belarus and Italy.
 
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the British men’s duo of Jamie Cooke and Tom Toolis will contest the men’s relay.
 
Women’s relay results
Gold: Qian Chen & Wanxia Liang (CHN) – 1454 points
Silver: Katsiaryna Arol and Anastasiya Prokopenko (BLR) – 1441 points
Bronze: Lavinia Bonessio & Camilla Lontano (ITA) -  1424 points
13th: Alice Fitton & Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1110 points
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saay 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger

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Saturday, 30th Aug 2014 2014-08-30 Britain's pentathletes in good shape for World Championships

Britain’s modern pentathletes get their 2014 World Championships campaign underway in Warsaw on Monday (1 September).
 
The GB team won two medals last year in Chinese Taipei – a gold in the women’s team event and an individual silver courtesy of Nick Woodbridge, who misses this year’s competition through injury.
 
The 10-strong British team spent two weeks training at altitude at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees before returning to the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath to fine-tune their preparations for the World Championships.
 
The women’s relay pairing of Samantha Murray and Alice Fitton will be first in action on Monday (1 September).
 
Murray, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, hopes it will be the first of three competitions for her in five days, with the women’s individual qualifiers following on Wednesday and the final on Friday.
 
“It’s going to be a hard week, but I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “With three competitions in five days it will be demanding and draining, but hopefully exciting and rewarding.
 
“I’m in good shape and I’ve done everything I can do up to now,” she said.
 
Tuesday (2 September) sees Britain's 2011 world junior champion Jamie Cooke partner Tom Toolis for the Pentathlon GB team in the men’s relay. Toolis won bronze in the men’s relay with Sam Curry at last month’s European Championships in Hungary.
 
Wednesday (3 September) sees Kate French, Samantha Murray, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence contest the women’s individual qualifiers, aiming for places in Friday’s final. Three of their scores will count towards the team competition, an event in which French, Murray and Spence won gold last year.
 
Two years ago Spence became only the third British woman pentathlete to win the individual World Championship title when she took gold in Rome.
 
She has been sidelined for most of this season with an injury but is looking forward to the World Championships.
 
“I haven’t competed much this year, but I feel in good shape,” she said.
 
A young British men’s quartet of Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Joe Evans get their individual campaigns underway on Thursday (4 September) aiming for spots in Saturday’s final. Three of them will be nominated for their scores to count towards the team competition.
 
It’s a young team – they will arrive in Warsaw with an average age of just under 21. Curry and Evans will both celebrate their 21st birthdays during the championships – Curry on Wednesday 3 September and Evans on Friday 5 September.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “It’s the youngest men’s team we have ever had. Jamie is the oldest at 23. It’s going to be interesting to see them compete.
 
“It’s a good transition and part of the bigger picture for us,” he added. “It’s an important part of our preparations for the Games for our young athletes to experience the World Championships.”
 
It's only Joe Choong's second senior competition after competing at last month’s European Championships. “I feel quite good and I did the European Championships so I know what to expect,” he said “It’s an opportunity and an experience for me.”
 
Evans, who competes in his second successive World Championships, said: “I didn’t make the final last year, but I’m hoping to this time. Once I’m in the final I’ll push as hard as I can. I’m feeling in good form.”
 
Evans is due to compete alongside Kate French in the final competition of the championships, the mixed relay, on Sunday 7 September, although that line-up may be subject to change.
 
The British athletes will begin their journey to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in December with the first of three national ranking competitions, taking place at the University of Bath.
 
The national ranking competitions will help determine selections for major competitions on the 2015 international calendar, when the first qualification places are up for grabs.
 
They include the 2015 European Championships at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August, when the top-eight men and women will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio.
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
(changes in italics)
 
Women’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

Steve Ballinger
Tuesday, 26th Aug 2014 2014-08-26 Summers and Choong miss medals in mixed relay

Britain’s Francesca Summers and Henry Choong missed out on the medals in the final modern pentathlon competition of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
 
In a twist on the usual format, the athletes were paired up with an athlete from a different country to compete in today’s mixed relay.
 
Summers, who won individual silver on Saturday, partnered Poland’s Bartosz Stanislaw Hoffmann, who had come 23rd in the men’s competition.
 
Henry Choong, 11th in the men’s competition on Sunday, was matched with France’s Laure Roset, who was 14th in the women’s competition.
 
Choong and Roset started well, with the fastest time in the pool with a joint team time of 1:55.12, while Summers and Hoffman were 15th with 2:04.19.
 
Summers and Hoffman fenced well to climb to fifth going to the run/shoot. They started 19 seconds behind Russia’s individual gold medallist Aleksandr Lifanov and Jolana Hojsakova of the Czech Republic, who led the field. Choong and Roset were 46 seconds off the lead in 13th.
 
Summers and Roset ended their campaign in Nanjing with a combined run/shoot time of 12:42.05, the 16th best of the day, to finish 10th overall.
 
Choong and Roset’s time of 12:41.33 was 15th fastest and saw the pair finish 17th.

Summers said: "Competing with a non GB team-mate in the mixed event was different, but lots of fun and I’ve made a friend for life.

“The best thing about the Youth Olympic Games has been meeting new people from different sports from Team GB and hope we’ll all stay friends.

“I will go home happy with my performance here at the Youth Olympic Games and am really happy with my silver medal from the individual event.”

Choong said: “I had a really good swim again. We were strong as a team and swam the fastest time of the day which was great.

“I felt like I had a strong shoot today but my legs were still tired from the individual so I wasn’t as strong on the run, but considering everything, I was pleased with my performance. We didn’t start very high, so there was no pressure to try and get amongst the medals, so it was more of a personal performance.

“It’s been great experience in Nanjing, there is nothing else quite like the Olympics and I’ve really enjoy everything about it.”

Gold went to the Portuguese and Ukrainian combination of Maria Migueis Teixeira and Anton Kuznetsov.
 
Youth Olympic Games mixed relay results
Gold: Maria Migueis Teixeira (POR) & Anton Kuznetsov (UKR) - 1204 pentathlon points  
Silver: Anna Toth (HUN) & Ricardo Yamil Vera Reyes (MEX) - 1201 pentathlon points
Bronze: Aurora Tognetti (ITA) & Gilung Park (KOR) - 1183 pentathlon points
10th: Francesca Summers (GBR) & Bartosz Stanislaw Hoffman (POL) – 1157 pentathlon points
17th: Henry Choong (GBR)  & Laure Roset (FRA)  –  1131 pentathlon points
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

For further information about Team GB please see  www.teamgb.com or contact Laura Meech – laura.meech@teamgb.com

For further information about the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games please go to www.nanjing2014.org/en

Steve Ballinger
Sunday, 24th Aug 2014 2014-08-24 Henry Choong finishes 11th at Youth Olympic Games

Britain’s Henry Choong finished a creditable 11th place in the modern pentathlon competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China today (Sunday).
 
The 17-year-old Brit started the day well by winning the 200m freestyle swim with a time of 1:57.21 – more than two seconds clear of the next fastest athlete.
 
He came 15th in the fencing, which meant he went into the run/shoot in eighth place 37 seconds behind Hungary’s Gergely Regos, who led the 24-strong field.
 
Henry's run/shoot time of 12:57.62 was the 19th fastest of the day to see him end the competition in 11th overall. Russia’s Aleksandr Lifanov climbed from fourth in the run/shoot to take gold as athletes from eastern Europe dominated the podium.

“I was aiming to get in the top ten and I finished 11th, so I was just outside of my aim and I am happy with that," said Henry.

“My run was my best performance today. My swimming, I always do well, so that was expected today but running isn’t always great so I pleased with how that went today.

“The first half went really well and I was able to move up to fifth position and then I got bit nervous because I was getting close to a medal spot and my shoot slipped a bit with the pressure and I fell to 11th.”

Henry is from Orpington and took up pentathlon five years ago when he started studying at Whitgift School in South Croydon.
 
A bronze medallist at the 2012 Youth B European Championships in Poland, he won the under-17 title at this year’s British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
 
Yesterday (Saturday) team-mate Francesca Summers made a piece of history by winning silver in the women’s competition. She became the first British pentathlete to medal at a Youth Olympic Games.
 
On Tuesday (26 August) Henry and Francesca compete in the final pentathlon event in Nanjing, the mixed relay.
 
 
Youth Olympic Games results
Gold: Aleksandr Lifanov (RUS) – 1184 pentathlon points
Silver: Gergely Regos (HUN) – 1175 pentathlon points
Bronze: Dovydas Vaivada (LTU) – 1151 pentathlon points
11th: Henry Choong (GBR) – 1107 pentathlon points
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk

For further information about Team GB please see  www.teamgb.com or contact Laura Meech – laura.meech@teamgb.com

For further information about the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games please go to www.nanjing2014.org/en
   

You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 
 

Steve Ballinger
Saturday, 23rd Aug 2014 2014-08-23 It’s silver and a slice of history for Summers

Eighteen-year-old Francesca Summers made a piece of history today (Saturday) by becoming the first British pentathlete to win a Youth Olympic Games medal.
 
Francesca’s silver medal for Team GB at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games means she follows in the footsteps of a string of impressive performances by Britain’s women pentathletes, who have medalled at the last four senior Olympic Games.
 
Eleventh after the 200m freestyle swim today with a time of 2:21.33, she fenced well to progress to second place overall. She started the run/shoot nine seconds behind Canada’s Kali Frances Sayers.
 
Francesca produced the sixth best run/shoot of the day with a time of 13:52.95, which was enough to see her capture silver behind China’s Xiuting Zhong, who climbed from fifth place to take gold.

"It is an amazing feeling to win silver, I am so happy,” said Francesca. “It was the hottest conditions I have ever run in but well worth it obviously.

“My fencing was really good and it went really well," she added. “Winning the medal has given me loads of experience for the future and who knows, maybe Rio next, we will see.”

Francesca is from Dorking and is a student at Hurtwood House School. She is on Pentathlon GB’s World Class Podium Potential Programme.
 
Her performance in Nanjing today capped an impressive season which has already seen her win individual bronze at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May and then come fourth at the World Junior Championships in Poland. She helped the British team win team gold on both occasions. She also won silver at June’s British Junior Championships.
 
Tomorrow (Sunday) it's the turn of the men to go into action in Nanjing, with Henry Choong representing Great Britain.
 
The pair will team up to contest the mixed relay on Tuesday (26 August).
 
Youth Olympic Games results
Gold: Xiuting Zhong (CHN) – 1054 pentathlon points
Silver: Francesca Summers (GBR) – 1044 pentathlon points
Bronze: Anna Matthes (GER) – 1030 pentathlon points
 

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

For further information about Team GB please see  www.teamgb.com or contact Laura Meech – laura.meech@teamgb.com

For further information about the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games please go to www.nanjing2014.org/en

 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 21st Aug 2014 2014-08-21 Youth Olympic Games Live Schedule

Athletes Henry Choong and Francesca Summers will be competing in Nanjing, China tomorrow at the Youth Olympic Games.  You can watch them live at this link and the schedules (in UK time) are below!

Friday 22nd


0300-0430 Women's fencing (ranking round)
0700-0830 Men's fencing (ranking round)

Saturday 23rd
0730-0750 women's swimming
0900-0950 women's fencing ladder
1125-1145 women's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Sunday 24th


0730-0750 men's swimming
0900-0950 men's fencing ladder
1125-1145 men's CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Tuesday 26th


0130-0330 mixed relay ranking round
0630-0650 mixed relay swim
0800-0940 mixed relay fencing ladder
1125-1145 mixed relay CE
1200-1220 medal ceremony

Eleanor Guest
Friday, 15th Aug 2014 2014-08-15 Teenager Choong to step up at World Championships

Teenager Joe Choong will represent Great Britain in the individual competition at next month's Modern Pentathlon World Championships for the first time.
 
The 19-year-old had originally been selected for the men’s relay at the championships in Warsaw. He now steps into the berth for the individual competition vacated by double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, who misses the championships through injury.
 
Woodbridge will concentrate on getting fit for next season, when the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games gets underway.
 
“This is going to be a massive opportunity for Joe to see if he can compete at the top senior level,” said Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director.
 
Choong is a studying for a degree in Mathematics at the University of Bath and although still a junior athlete, he reached the final of last month’s European Championships in Hungary, finishing 36th.
 
The world championships run from 1 to 9 September and he will compete in Warsaw just days after his 17-year-old brother represents Great Britain in the pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
 
Sam Curry, who was scheduled to only contest the men’s individual competition at the World Championships, will now also replace Joe Choong in the men’s relay team. He partners Tom Toolis, which means Britain will field the same pairing that won bronze at the European Championships.
 
Joe Evans and Kate French are likely to contest the mixed relay.
 
The team are now continuing their preparations for the championships at their altitude training base at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees.
 
Bartu said: “Training is going well and we’re looking forward to the world championships. So far so good.”
 
The British athletes will begin their journey to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in December with the first of three national ranking competitions, taking place at the University of Bath.
 
The national ranking competitions will help determine selections for major competitions on the 2015 international calendar, when the first qualification places are up for grabs.
 
They include the 2015 European Championships at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August, when the top-eight men and women will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio.
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
(changes in italics)
 
Women’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath

 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 7th Aug 2014 2014-08-07 Pentathlon GB team for World Championships announced

An 11-strong Pentathlon GB squad featuring Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and former world champion Mhairi Spence has been selected to compete at next month’s World Championships in Poland.
 
The championships, which run from 1 to 9 September, are the last major competition before athletes begin the process of trying to qualify places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
The Pentathlon GB team will arrive in Warsaw as reigning women’s team champions, after Kate French, Murray and Spence struck gold at last year’s competition in Chinese Taipei.
 
That trio returns to action in the individual competition in Warsaw, where they are joined by Freyja Prentice. Three of the four will be nominated scorers towards the GB team score in Warsaw.
 
Britain’s other world championship medallist last year was Nick Woodbridge, who won individual silver. Like last year, he faces a late fitness test on an injury before a final decision is made on his participation at Warsaw.
 
He is joined in the men’s individual competition by the young trio of Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Joe Evans.
 
Samantha Murray and Alice Fitton will get Britain’s campaign underway in the first competition of the championships, the women’s relay, on Monday 1 September. Joe Choong and Tom Toolis will contest the men’s relay the following day.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “We always aspire to medal, whether in individual competitions or as teams.”
 
The team are now continuing their preparations for the championships at their altitude training base at Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees.
 
The British athletes will begin their journey to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in December with the first of three national ranking competitions, taking place at the University of Bath. They will help determine selections for major competitions on the 2015 international calendar, when the first qualification places are up for grabs.
 
They include the 2015 European Championships at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August, when the top-eight men and women will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio.
 
The British team won two medals at last month’s European Championships in Hungary, where Murray and Evans won mixed relay silver, with Curry and Toolis collecting the men’s relay bronze.

The team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Pentathlon GB team for the 2014 World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(three scorers to be nominated towards team event score)
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge * – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
* subject to medical & fitness check
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay
To be decided
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Sunday, 3rd Aug 2014 2014-08-03 Youth B Europeans Final Day

Today saw the final day of the Youth B European Championships here in Sant Boi, Barcelona with our Boys Relay Team finishing in Bronze Medal position rising from 5th at the start, congratulations to Harrison Yarnold and Joshua Miller. In the mixed and girls team relay the young athletes did very well in sweltering heat and the finishing positions dont give a true picture of the the drama and closeness of the event. The full results are on the competition website and have been posted on PGB FB throughout the competition.

 

We established a couple of facts since out here, firstly that the podium being used was the exact podium used at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games for the Modern Pentathlon awards ceremony and secondly that Sant Boi has links with Bath in England in that Sant Boi's has the same Roman hot baths. They were built at the end of the 2nd century AD, in a period of splendour for this area. They remained in full operation until the end of the 5th century AD. In the 17th century a house was built on top of the site, which aided in their conservation. The baths remained covered for centuries until they were discovered in 1953 thanks to a document dating from 1826, which was interpreted by a local historian, Carles Marti I Vila. The excavation was initiated by Ramon Mas I Campderros and continued a year later under the direction of Josep de Calassanc Serra I Rafols. In 1959 the provincial government of Barcelona sponsored the construction of a building to protect the excavated ruins. They later carried out another project on the ensemble in 1989, which finished on the day of the monument's official opening the 11th of September 1998.

The organisation of these championships was first class and every detail seemed to be covered, good information clear and issued on time, transport on time, hotel and food well up to the standard required. But most of all the technical equipment worked fully and out of the several hundred probably thousand or two shots fired I did not witness one failure. No excuses and athletes could rely on the targets and feedback system provided for them to use. Well done!

So our competition is over and we will travel home tomorrow for the athletes to now take a well earned rest. The shots and scoring feedback is noe available on the Apeom website apeom.cz

Stuart Mason

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Thursday, 31st Jul 2014 2014-07-31 Youth B Europeans Day One

Swim only today for the girls and boys and things went more or less as expected. GBR girl Hannah Featherstone heads the girls going into the combined event tomorrow and GBR boy Myles Pillage leads the boys field. The detailed results pages are available on the PGB Twitter page. Both the girls and boys are also leading the team ranking going into tomorrow too. So today has been a good day but as usual we have to go into the combined event tomorrow with eyes open and understand we have only got part of the job done but rather be where we are at the start than at the bottom of the handicap. We are hopeful that having the Apeom feedback targets and the manager of Apeom present the technical issues encountered in Sweden will be avoided.

Timings tomorrow for the combined event are well stretched out with the first start time being 3.30pm for the first heat of the girls and then all other heats follow on from that. Good luck team.

Stuart Mason
Thursday, 31st Jul 2014 2014-07-31 Youth B European Championships

Team arrived safe and all kit made it to Barcelona. The venue and hotel are different to the Sant Boi International and all looks good for an excellent competition. The LOC (Susana) have really got the basics right and it is clear that the experience of organising the Sant Boi comps each year has paid off because the administration has been first class so far. For example at registration we checked accuracey of team list, confirmed swim times and covered all the time consuming things normally done at the Technical Meeting. The result being that the Technical Meeting lasted no more than 10 minutes (ala the GB International - the same)

The GBR Team will have a good day today as it is the swim only so hopes are high for some good swim times to take us into the Combined Event tomorrow. We have Apeom feedback targets on 30 point range (47 girls and 50 boys competing) 10 and 11 teams in team event. Regular updates will be sent back for uploading on to PGB Twitter.

 

Stuart Mason
Wednesday, 30th Jul 2014 2014-07-30 World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference 2014  World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference 2014

You are invited to attend the Pentathlon GB sponsored World Modern Pentathlon Coaching Conference 2014 which will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre, England from the 7th November to the 10th November 2014.

The full Conference, 3 night’s hotel accommodation on full board basis will cost £220.00 per delegate.

The Conference commences with registration from 1100hrs on Friday 7th November 2014, lunch available and followed by a keynote address at 1800hrs.  A three-course dinner follows the keynote address and bar facilities will be available. The Conference will continue on the Saturday and Sunday with the option for round table discussions Monday morning, and discussion as return flights and journeys dictate.

Conference attendance is by prior registration for places.  Full details of the program, speakers and general information will be sent out to delegates expressing interest to attend. You will not be registered for the event until you have completed the application form here.

Confirmation of your conference registration will be sent to you by email once your registration has been processed.

Please do not hesitate to contact  Stuart Mason on +44 1253 859558, stuart.mason@pentathlongb.org should you require further information. 

We look forward to seeing you in November.

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 29th Jul 2014 2014-07-29 Chief Executive Officer Recruitment

Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which involves five disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting. We are highly successful in winning Olympic medals, including success at London 2012 and in securing funding to support our participation and world class aspirations. We are now looking to achieve major ambitions by growing our sport and continuing its sustained success internationally. 

For the right person this is a fantastic opportunity to take the organisation forward, building on the progress and success of recent years.

The Role

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and dynamic Chief Executive Officer with strong leadership, drive and energy to lead the organisation, building on the success of London 2012 and our recent organisational re-structure with a view to medal success at Rio 2016.  

The CEO will have overall responsibility for developing the sport in accordance with the Board’s strategic direction, in order to achieve our purpose of providing a framework to attract, grow and retain life-long involvement in Modern Pentathlon.

The key areas of development for the role are:

  1. Review and potentially refresh the existing strategy to ensure that we have the required resources to meet our objectives, maintaining effective coordination of all our activities toward common goals.
  2. Meeting challenging targets across the whole range of the sport’s interests, from grassroots to podium success.
  3. Developing our commercial ambitions, driving our commercial strategy to secure additional funding streams (in conjunction with sponsors and other stakeholders) and ensure short and long term sponsorship.
  4. Implement and realise the outcomes from our recently completed review of the national competition programme to increase accessibility and public awareness of the sport. 

 

Knowledge and Experience

  1. Lead and manage Pentathlon GB’s staff and volunteers effectively as a cohesive team, easily forming successful working relationships and partnerships to enable the delivery of projects, on time and on budget.
  2. The successful candidate must demonstrate commercial acumen and the leadership qualities necessary to drive us forward.  
  3. Demonstrate a good understanding of the sporting structures in Great Britain, being familiar with public sector sport funding and show understanding of the current political sporting landscape.
  4. Proven financial experience, including budgeting, together with commercial expertise and the ability to apply it in a sporting environment.
  5. Proven managerial experience, including the ability to delegate, and to work closely with and advise a Board.

 

You will be appropriately educated, IT literate and with an established track record.

Remuneration Package

Competitive

Location

Pentathlon GB’s Head Office is at the University of Bath.  It is expected the role will be based here.  There is a requirement for national and occasional international travel.

Appointment Process

For more details on this role, including the job description, person specification and core competencies please contact Tom Harlow, tom@carinisports.co.uk

To apply for this role forward your CV with a covering letter to Tom Harlow, tom@carinisports.co.uk copied to the Office Manager, Ellie Guest eleanor.guest@pentathlongb.org

Your covering letter should set out why you are the preferred candidate, why you meet our requirements, your salary expectations, your willingness to locate to the Bath area if required, what interests you about the role, and any special factors you wish us to bear in mind in terms of availability or otherwise. If you wish you may attach references with your application and identify potential referees and their email addresses. You may defer this until later in the process if you wish. In any event we will not approach any referee without your consent.

Applications must be received via email only at both email addresses by 5pm on 8 September 2014.

The intended timescale for first interview and the other aspects of the selection process will be during the week beginning 15 September 2014. There will be an Initial interview in London at the start of the week. A final selection process will take place in Bath (on one day) at the end of the week.  (There will be a fall back date of 25 September 2014)

 

Pentathlon GB is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

 

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 22nd Jul 2014 2014-07-22 Pentathlon Coach Audit

Do you know coaches that work with Modern Pentathletes, coaching them in any of the individual disciplines of fencing, swimming, riding, shooting or running?   We are aiming to put together a plan to develop, support and deploy coaches so that we can provide the best service possible to both them and the athletes that they train.  If so, send the link to the audit below to them so that we can gain their valuable insight.

The aim of the audit is to understand the demographics, current qualifications, delivery levels, training needs and aspirations of the coaching workforce that currently supports the athletes and members of Pentathlon GB.  In effect, we are carrying out an initial audit of everyone who is and has been involved in coaching the disciplines of Modern Pentathlon.

For information, the survey is not anonymous, but all completed surveys will be kept strictly confidential and any data generated publicly will be non-attributable to individual coaches.  Answers may be given to the Pentathlon GB Development Team to enable them to follow up on specific queries.  It takes around 5 – 8 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 15 August.  As a thank you for completing it, one lucky coach will receive £100 towards their next coaching qualification (subject to approval).

The audit is at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGBCoachSurvey

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 22nd Jul 2014 2014-07-22 Talented youngsters in the medals at European Youth A Champs

Britain’s young pentathletes have won a brace of medals at the Modern Pentathlon European Youth A Championships in Sweden.
 
The pick of the performances came from Henry Choong and Ben Pond, who struck gold in the boys’ relay in Uppsala.
 
Choong, from Orpington, and Pond, from Margate, held off a challenge from the teams from Russia and Belarus to top the podium.
 
Francesca Summers, from Dorking, and Georgia Pipes, from North Yorkshire, also impressed, taking silver behind Russia in the girls’ relay.
 
It was useful preparation for Choong and Summers who will both represent Great Britain at next month’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
 
Summers just missed out on the individual medals, finishing fourth in the girls’ final, with Plymouth’s Kerenza Bryson coming 17th and Naomi Craig, from Chester, 20th.  William Eccleston, from Poulton Le Fylde near Blackpool came 29th in the boys’ individual final.
 
Kerenza Bryson and Josh Miller from Surrey also came close to the medals in the mixed relay, finishing fifth.
 
Youth A competitions are for athletes aged under-18. Summers has already won individual bronze at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May and helped Britain to gold in the team event at both the Youth A and Junior World Championships.

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 21st Jul 2014 2014-07-21 Change at the top

We are naturally sorry that Jon Austin has decided after 3½ years as CEO to leave Pentathlon GB. He leaves on amicable terms and with our good wishes. We owe Jon a lot for his methodical organisation of our sport.

Jon’s departure is a great opportunity for us to build on past achievements and to recruit a new CEO who will lead our sport forward as we all wish. In the meantime Jon will work with us ensure the present momentum is maintained and there is a smooth transition to a new CEO.
 

Anthony Temple - for the Board


 

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 21st Jul 2014 2014-07-21 Jon Austin to join Badminton England

Jon Austin, Pentathlon GB‘s CEO, is leaving to become the new Performance Director for Badminton England.
 
Jon has been with Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon, for 3½ years and has overseen a transformation of the structure of the sport in Great Britain.

Jon said it was a difficult decision to move on from Pentathlon GB but he could not resist the chance to return to a top performance role in a sport that has been such a significant part of his life.
 
He said: "I am looking forward to my new role, but as I plan my departure and speak with the team, I reflect on the many dedicated, passionate and committed people that work across the organisation and throughout the sport, both as employees and as volunteers. I believe Pentathlon GB is in good shape and moving in the right direction.  My successor has a wonderful opportunity to build on what has already been achieved."
 
Pentathlon GB’s Chairman Tony Temple thanked Jon for his work and said he will be a hard act to follow. He said: "We will be sorry to see Jon go. He has revived the administration of our sport and successfully moved the sport forward. The search for his successor – a really challenging and rewarding job - is already underway."

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 21st Jul 2014 2014-07-21 British Biathletes Dominate in Portugal

In a very suny Setubal in Portugal, a team of 86 athletes showed the rest of Europe what a force the Brits are in Biathle. The Parque Urbano de Albarquel hosted the European Biathle Championships for the second consecutive year and the GBR team grabbed a total of 32 medals, 14 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze.

The first final of the day, the Youth E girls set the benchmark for the remainder of the competition with  Eve Jones, Poppy Clark and Madelaine Cooper taking first, second and third respectively. Kieron Mutch and Alex Painter then went on to take gold and silver in the boys race.

The Youth D Races saw wins for Martine Scott and Luke van Oudtshoorn with Oliver Smart and Jack Goodman taking silver and bronze. There was also a 1 - 2 finish in the Youth C girls race courtesy of excellent perfomances from Eleanor Jones and Madelaine Deadman.

Two more wins in the Youth B races were earned by Caitlin Woskia and Bradley Sutton with Harrson Yarnold finishing a close second. The Youths A races were dominated by Italy and Portugal but not to be outdone, Matthew Crew finished in a well earned second place and in the girls race second and third went to India Mellor and Phyllida Britton.

Harry Lane ran a perfect race to take the win in the Junior mens category and Naomi Drakeford finished second in the Junior Ladies race. Rachel Jones also finished second in the Senior Ladies race.

The Masters Races are always a source of medals for Great Britain and this year it was no different with wins for Emma Fisher (A), Barbara Holmes and Steve Luff  (B) Mary Collett and John Hiil (C) and Peter Collett (D). James Greenwell and Mike Weed took silver and bronze in Masters A, Nicola Quinlan silver in the Masters B, Margaret Smith silver in Masters C and Kay Evans bronze in Masters A,

Another very successful foray into Europe for the British team who now travel to Salford for the National Championships and consider the possibilty of selection for the World Championships in Guatemala..

 

  Youth E Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Eve Jones 04:32.8
2 Great Britain Poppy Clark 04:49.9
3 Great Britain Madeline Cooper 04:52.5
5 Great Britain Anya Snowball 05:11.4
6 Great Britain Ruby Smith 05:14.2
7 Great Britain Charlotte Taylor 05:22.8
  Youth E Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Kieron Mutch 04:26.3
2 Great Britain Alex Painter 04:29.2
3 Spain Jano Arias 04:42.9
5 Great Britain Joe Ashworth 04:53.5
6 Great Britain Jake Fisher 04:57.8
11 Great Britain James Hulme 05:10.5
13 Great Britain Josh Cobb 05:26.2
  Youth D Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Martine Scott 04:22.9
2 Russia Ekaterina Galukhina 04:29.3
3 Italy Valeria Ceccato 04:29.8
6 Great Britain Daisy Davies 04:36.7
7 Great Britain Ciara Blount 04:43.4
10 Great Britain Rebeca Wren 04:47.3
12 Great Britain Daisy Evans 04:50.2
13 Great Britain Isabelle Woodman 04:52.4
  Youth D Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Luke Van Oudtshoorn 04:05.9
2 Great Britain Oliver Smart 04:16.2
3 Great Britain Jack Goodman 04:20.4
4 Great Britain Aurelio Calipa 04:21.3
6 Great Britain Conor Jelley 04:30.4
12 Great Britain Sampson Akerman 04:52.7
  Youth C Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Eleanor Jones 05:10.0
2 Great Britain Madeline Deadman 05:15.5
3 Italy Giada Romano 05:29.4
4 Great Britain Elsa Palmer 05:34.8
6 Great Britain Kizzy price 05:44.0
7 Great Britain Elizabeth Tolley 05:46.4
8 Great Britain Connie Mousey 05:51.3
  Youth C Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Portugal João Valido 04:46.2
2 Portugal José Pedro Vieira 04:52.2
3 Portugal Ricardo Batista  04:52.5
5 Great Britain Frederick Geen 05:03.4
9 Great Britain Guy Tucker 05:16.1
10 Great Britain Shea Hannam 05:17.6
18 Great Britain Jack White 05:35.5
  Youth B Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Caitlan Wosika 09:36.2
2 Portugal Maria Migueis Teixeira 09:40.3
3 Great Britain Georgie Hannam 09:47.8
4 Great Britain Alexandra Withey 10:08.4
6 Great Britain Kierra Tippett 10:20.0
7 Great Britain Rosie Smith 10:25.5
9 Great Britain Olivia Lowe 10:39.4
    Youth B Boys  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Bradley Sutton 08:38.4
2 Great Britain Harrison Yarnold 08:42.2
3 Portugal André Cruz 08:52.2
7 Great Britain Jamie Price 09:12.2
9 Great Britain Christopher Luff 09:30.3
11 Great Britain Joshua Brennan 09:52.1
12 Great Britain Tom Holmes 09:56.9
14 Great Britain Thomas Bawden 10:20.8
  Youth A Girls
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Marica Romano 14:12.8
2 Great Britain India Mellor 14:20.9
3 Great Britain Phyllida Britton 14:31.1
4 Great Britain Bryony Martel 14:36.9
8 Great Britain Emily Moss 15:39.8
  Youth A Boys
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Portugal João Pereira 12:02.3
2 Great Britain Matthew Crew 12:30.6
3 Portugal Luis Lopes 12:41.3
4 Great Britain Matthew Cook 12:46.4
5 Great Britain Jamie Harper 13:14.6
6 Great Britain James Braimbridge 13:36.6
10 Great Britain Louis Evans 14:19.8
11 Great Britain Ryan Flaherty 14:22.3
  Junior Ladies
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Nicole Campaner 13:56.8
2 Great Britain Naomi Drakeford 13:57.3
3 Czech Rep. Eliska Pribylova 14:23.7
5 Great Britain Ella Dobson 14:48.4
6 Great Britain Hannah Parkinson 14:53.4
11 Great Britain Emma Pearce 17:06.6
  Junior Men
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Harry Lane 12:02.9
2 Czech Rep. Ondrej Svechota 12:09.9
3 Spain Juan Ojanguren 12:23.9
6 Great Britain Jordan Mounsey 12:41.8
9 Great Britain Adam Weightman 12:54.4
  Senior Ladies
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Italy Clara Maria Cesarini 14:00.7
2 Great Britain Rachel Jones 14:11.2
3 Italy Francesca Gandolfo 15:04.7
4 Great Britain Kathy Wellam 15:21.3
  Senior Men
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Spain Sergio Llano Correa 11:39.4
2 Italy Andrea Micalizzi 11:56.1
3 Spain Jaime Garrido 11:58.6
  Master Ladies A
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Emma Fisher 09:27.1
2 Italy Elena Jaccheri 10:15.2
3 Great Britain Kay Evans 10:53.6
7 Great Britain Laura Bratt 12:43.5
  Master Men A
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Germany Andreas Harms 08:42.0
2 Great Britain James Greenwell 09:04.8
3 Great Britain Mike Weed 09:44.8
4 Great Britain Simon Tippett 10:03.1
6 Great Britain John Tighe 10:41.0
12 Great Britain Martin Dicker 13:05.1
    Master Ladies B  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Barbara Holmes 10:16.0
2 Great Britain Nicola Quinlan 11:43.0
3 Germany Barbara Oettinger 12:28.0
4 Great Britain Sarah Robert 13:37.0
    Master Men B  
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Steven Luff 09:23.0
2 Spain Javier Camero 09:31.0
3 Germany Hans-Jorg Kuck 09:37.0
6 Great Britain Andrew Price 09:52.0
11 Great Britain Chris Spooner 11:49.0
  Master Ladies C
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Mary Collett 12:04.9
2 Great Britain Margaret Smith 13:37.6
  Master Men C
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain John Hill 10:10.1
2 Spain Jose Munoz 11:15.6
3 Spain Miguel Ortiz de Guinea 13:55.0
  Master Men D
Pos Team Athlete Time
1 Great Britain Peter Collett 11:09.1
Howard Jones
Saturday, 19th Jul 2014 2014-07-19 Great Britain Team ready for the European Biathle Championships

The  86 strong team of Biathletes pictured in the Parque Urbano de Albarquel, Setubal, before last minute preparations to face strong teams from Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Turkey and Portugal for the2014 European Biathle Championships.

Howard Jones
Saturday, 19th Jul 2014 2014-07-19 Yth A European Championships Uppsala

Qualification 2 days of competition has just come to an end after dramatic time with rule changes (several times in one day) with team officials being called to be informed of what was happening. This afternoon was most annoying time for many coaches and athletes during the combined event with the target system being used as it was a training system with no overhead lights, no means of feedback and lasers failing to register hits (not just for the GB Team)

Our lead girl going into the Gp B semi had her pistol not registering during the practise (actually authenticated as laser problem) so another laser provider loaned her a barrel with minutes to spare before the start of the race. No chance to zero or anything, fortunately Francesca Summers won Gp B with the luxury of almost jogging the final 800m. The nesx problem was for Georgia Pipes, 3 lights on her target 4 times and then nothing on each of reamining 2 shots - timed out each time. Georgia missed qualification spot by one place. Henry Choong put himself in challenging position after bad fence yesterday by winning the swim in 1.58 but was equal 36th overall for the final and lost the slot because the BLR athlete had best fence - the rule. Josh Miller again had problems with his target during warm up but the officiald said it was fine, Josh did his best but did not make a qualification place.Ben Pond had a good competition but just missed out. Naomi Craig battled all the way to take 11th place in her semi and William Ecccleston snatched the 12th position in his semi.

Athletes that qualified for the final tomorrow are: Francesca Summers, Naomi Craig, Kerenza Bryson and William Eccleston

 

 

 

Stuart Mason
Tuesday, 15th Jul 2014 2014-07-15 Curry and Toolis win bronze at European Championships  Sam Curry and Tom Toolis

Sam Curry and Tom Toolis made sure Britain’s campaign at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships ended on a high note by winning bronze in the men’s relay in Hungary this afternoon (Tuesday).

It means the Pentathlon GB team will come home from the championships in Székesfehérvár with two medals, following the mixed relay silver medal won by Samantha Murray and Joe Evans yesterday (Monday).
 
The men started their campaign today in the pool, where Curry and Toolis’ 2x100m freestyle relay time of 1:52.82 was only bettered by the Poles. The British team started the day with 362 pentathlon points.
 
The young British pair also fenced well, winning 24 of their 40 contests for 230 points and second place. The Russian team won 28 contests to take the lead overall, with Great Britain still in second.
 
In the riding, the French team were the only ones to go clear in the allowed time to take the maximum 300 points. Curry and Toolis both rode well to add 291 points to their total, keeping them in second overall. They were 19 points behind the Russians and so started the run/shoot 19 seconds behind them.
 
Some fast shooting by France’s Valentin Belaud enabled him to overtake Curry on their second visit to the shooting range to move into second. But Curry and then Tom Toolis after him, were able keep a big enough margin between them and Belarus in fourth to bring home bronze.
 
The young British pair, both students at the University of Bath, clocked a time of 11:05.68 in the run/shoot to make sure of bronze. Ilia Frolov, who won the men's individual silver medal on Sunday, crossed the finish line to take men's relay gold for Russia.
 
The women’s relay also took place today. Jo Muir and Alice Fitton – the bronze medallists at last month’s European Juniors – finished eighth.
 
Their competition started in the fencing hall, where Muir and Fitton won 11 of their 40 fencing bouts to start the day in 11th place with 165 points.
 
The British pair produced the second fastest swimming time of the day – 2:04.88 – to add 326 points to their total and move up to second. The time was only bettered by the Ukrainian team, who led overall.
 
The Brits were one of only two teams to go clear in the allowed time in the riding arena to net the full 300 riding points, along with Lithuania. They remained in 10th place in the leaderboard, but closed the gaps on the other teams ahead of the run/shoot.
 
Fitton and Muir battled hard in the run/shoot, recording a time of 12:32.48, to end the day in eighth.
 
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Men’s relay results
Gold: Russia (Ilia Frolov & Oleg Naumov) – 1558 points
Silver: France (Valentin Prades & Valentin Belaud) – 1539 points
Bronze: Great Britain (Sam Curry & Tom Toolis) – 1518 points
 
 
Women’s relay results
Gold: Ukraine (Victoria Tereshuk & Anastasiya Spas) – 1407 points
Silver: Germany (Lena Schoneborn & Annika Schleu) – 1400 points
Bronze: Russia (Anna Savchenko & Ganna Buriak) -  1387 points
8th: Great Britain (Jo Muir & Alice Fitton) – 1339 points
 
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 14th Jul 2014 2014-07-14 Silver lining for Murray and Evans at European Championships  Joe Evans and Sam Murray

Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won Britain’s first medal of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships when they took mixed relay silver in Hungary today (Monday).

The British pair went into the run/shoot at Székesfehérvár with a 22-second lead over the Lithuanian team, made up of reigning Olympic champion and world number one Laura Asadauskaite and reigning world champion Justinas Kinderis.
 
Despite putting up a spirited battle, the British pair were ultimately denied gold by just three seconds.
 
Murray, Britain’s London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, held off run/shoot specialist Asadauskaite for her two shoots and two 800m legs.
 
But Kinderis passed 20-year-old Evans on their first running leg and although Evans shot well and hung in doggedly, he couldn’t overhaul the Lithuanian.
 
“It was a brilliant day and it was nice for us both to finish on a high note here,” said Evans, who competed in the mixed relay the day after contesting the men’s individual final yesterday (Sunday).
 
“I’m pretty shattered now. It was tough to do two days in a row, but we’ve been training well and I was prepared for it,” he said.
 
“We had a good fence, we won the swim and we both pulled together on the ride. We couldn’t quite hold it on the combined event, but we’re both really pleased with the medal.”
 
The British pair made a strong start, winning 25 of their 44 fencing bouts to accumulate 220 pentathlon points, putting them joint third alongside Lithuania. Ukraine and Belarus, were the joint leaders with 27 fencing victories each.
 
Evans produced a strong finish to win the 2x100m freestyle swim and move Britain to the top of the leaderboard. Murray trailed France’s Elodie Clouvel at the halfway mark, but Evans’ powerful finish overhauled Simon Casse.
 
The British pair’s time of 1:53.98 was worth 359 points and saw them move into a six-point lead over Ukraine, with Belarus a further eight points back.
 
Murray and Evans also produced a near flawless performance in the riding arena, dropping just one point from the maximum 300.
 
That kept them in the lead and they started the run/shoot with 22-second advantage over Lithuania in second, and a 49-second lead over Hungary in third.
 
Murray and Evans completed the run/shoot in 11:30.82 to take silver with Poland and Ukraine sharing bronze.
 
Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the final day of competition at the 2014 European Championships, with both the men’s and women’s relay taking place. Sam Curry and Tom Toolis contest the men’s event, with Alice Fitton and Jo Muir going in the women’s competition.
 
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Mixed relay results
Gold: Lithuania (Laura Asadauskaite & Justinas Kinderis) – 1491 points
Silver: Great Britain (Samantha Murray & Joe Evans) – 1488 points
Bronze: Ukraine (Iryna Khokhlova & Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy) – 1458 points
   Poland (Oktawia Nowacka & Lukasz Klekot) – 1458 points
 
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Sunday, 13th Jul 2014 2014-07-13 2014 European Championships 13 07

Two years anniversary of the 2012 Centennial Olympic Modern Pentathlon competition knocks on the door. Lase technology has ben used for the first time in history of the sport in London and it is now firmly embedded in competition formats for all age groups from Youth B and older. Manufactures have been upgrading various elements of the targets and software to tackle reliability issues since. We have collectively learnt a great deal about how to live with laser if not in harmony at least in peace. We understand sunlight implications on feedback targets, perils of underpowered laser barrels, trickery of the operating software but most importantly we have much more confidence that the laser works.

After having a brief conversations with the manufacturers presented in Szekesfehervar I’ve got feeling that as we approach 24 months mark from Rio Olympic Games and start of the 2016 Olympic Qualifications in 2015 the time to cease introducing of fundamental changes to the target systems and laser weaponry is upon us. Sport is desperate for stability to preserve investments to the laser equipment base made already, needs to refocus on further reliability enhancements-sophistication of existing laser technology in circulation keeping Rio Games in sight and promote entry level standard laser equipment to the grass roots of the sport worldwide.

Disappointment does not express how the British Women felt finishing 4th in the team competition. We have to admit opposition has done better this time, no question. They gave away fewer points in the fencing and riding than us and when it came down to the combined-event shooting, contest was over. Positives come from improved performances in skill elements, two top ten individual finishes and the fact that British Women displayed strong physical form.

I have enjoyed following Joe Choong in fencing watching his struggle in riding hoping he learned a significant amount of competition experience today. Nick Woodbridge looked indecisive throughout the fencing battling lack of confidence and specific conditioning resulting from limited training he managed meanwhile recovering from operation. Later he won swimming and riding disciplines demonstrating that once back in full form, potential is there. Joe Evans fought well finishing 13th in one of the most intensive European Championships I ever experienced. Joe went head to head with the top athletes in the sport and stood his ground. It should be encouraging for the rest of the Men’s Team and the Women’s Team in upcoming final preparations for the 2014 Senior World Championships in Warsaw, Poland, 1 – 9 September. 

Jan Bartu
Sunday, 13th Jul 2014 2014-07-13 Evans 13th at European Championships

Britain’s modern pentathletes missed out on the medals in the men’s final at the European Championships in Hungary today (Sunday).
 
Twenty-year-old Joe Evans was the highest placed British finisher in Székesfehérvár in 13th place.
 
Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, competing for the first time in almost a year following a hip injury, won both the swim and the ride, but his challenge faded at the end of the run/shoot and he came home in 29th.
 
And 19-year-old Joe Choong, competing at his first senior international, finished 36th.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “This was one of the most intense European Championships finals I have ever experienced. There were no weak athletes and from the first fencing match everyone had to battle for every single point.
 
“Joe Evans was absolutely outstanding in the swim, had a decent ride and held his own in the combined event. He is young but he has shown he is a great competitor under pressure,” he added. “Nick swam and rode well, and was holding his own in the combined event, but he struggled towards the end.
 
“It was great that Joe (Choong) came here, got through the whole process and qualified from the semi-finals,” added Bartu. “He needs more riding experience and more competitive experience at this level.
 
“These young kids are going through a learning phase that will serve them massively for the competitions which are coming up.”
 
Evans was the best of the Brits in the fencing hall, winning 15 of his 35 bouts for 190 pentathlon points and joint 23rd place.
 
Choong won 14 contests, worth 184 points and joint 27th, while Woodbridge’s 10 wins earned 160 points and he started the day in joint 35th. Russia’s Aleksander Lesun led.
 
Woodbridge and Evans dominated the swimming as all three British pentathletes climbed up the leaderboard. Woodbridge produced the fastest 200m freestyle time of the day with 1:58.54, which added 345 points to his total and saw him climb to 27th overall.
 
Evans was just five-hundredths of a second behind Woodbridge with a time of 1:58.59. That was also worth 345 points, promoting him to 11th overall.
 
Choong’s 2:02.08 was the seventh fastest time of the day, earning 334 points and moving him up to 20th. Lesun continued to lead.
 
Woodbridge was the only one of the 36 riders to achieve a flawless ride. He cleared all of the jumps on the showjumping course without accumulating any time penalties to take the maximum 300 points from the ride.
 
That took his points total to 805, putting him in 15th place. That was one place below team-mate Evans, who dropped 28 points from the maximum in the riding arena to take his total to 807 points.
 
There was disappointment for young Choong though – he was one of two pentathletes eliminated from the ride and with no points from that discipline, he found himself 36th.  Russia’s Egor Puchkarevskiy, who went to the ride in third place, was also eliminated riding the same horse as Choong.
 
Russia’s Lesun continued to lead and went into the run/shoot with a 60-second advantage over team-mate Ilia Frolov. Evans started the run/shoot 99 seconds behind Lesun, with Woodbridge another two seconds back.
 
Evans’ run/shoot time of 11:13.18 was the 10th fastest and saw him climb a place to finish 13th. Woodbridge was also holding his own until towards the end of the run/shoot, which he completed at a jog to record a time of 12:03.60 for 29th place, while Choong’s 12:47.03 saw him finish 36th.
 
World number one Lesun, who had led all day long, coasted to gold, with Hungary taking the team title. With Jamie Cooke not qualifying for the final, Britain were never in contention for the team medals and finished ninth.
 
Evans returns to action tomorrow (Sunday) partnering Samantha Murray in the mixed relay.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Men’s individual results
Gold: Aleksander Lesun (RUS) – 1493 points
Silver: Ilia Frolov (RUS) – 1485 points
Bronze: Pavlo Tymoshschenko (UKR) – 1476 points
13th: Joe Evans (GBR) – 1434 points
29th: Nick Woodbridge (GBR) – 1382 points
36th: Joe Choong (GBR) – 1051 points
 
Men’s team results
Gold: Hungary (Robert Kasza, Bence Demeter & Peter Tibolya) – 4324 points
Silver: Italy (Riccardo de Luca, Pierpaolo Petroni & Nicola Benedetti) – 4236 points
Bronze:  Czech Republic (Martin Bilko, Ondrej Polivka & Jan Kuf) – 4203 points
9th: Great Britain (Joe Evans, Nick Woodbridge & Jamie Cooke*) – 3921 points
* did not qualify for final
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 
 

Steve Ballinger
Saturday, 12th Jul 2014 2014-07-12 British women edged out of medals at European Championships

Britain’s women missed out on the medals at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary today (Saturday).
 
Four British women qualified for the final at Székesfehérvár. London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray was highest placed British finisher in the individual competition, coming home in eighth, with Freyja Prentice just behind her in ninth.
 
Kate French finished 13th with 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence ending the day in 20th.
 
The scores achieved by French, Murray and Spence in the individual competition counted towards the team event, where Britain were just edged out of the medals in fourth.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “We were hoping for a team medal today, but our shooting let us down. Some of the athletes put too much pressure on themselves with their expectations today. Hopefully that’s a lesson we’ve learned.
 
“Overall I’m not too disappointed,” he added. "We are still a work in progress and we have a few weeks to prepare for the World Championships.”
 
After a disappointing fence in Thursday’s qualifiers, Spence found her form in today’s final winning 23 of her 35 fencing bouts for 238 pentathlon points and joint third place behind Germany’s Lena Schoneborn and Russia’s Donata Rimsaite.
 
Prentice won 20 of her contests for 220 points to go to the swim joint ninth, while Murray’s 18 victories put her 14th with 208 points. French won 15 bouts for 190 points to start her campaign in 24th.
 
The British team were third in the team event behind Russia and Ukraine.
 
Murray was best of the Brits and best of the pack in the pool. Her 200m freestyle time of 2:10.20 was the fastest of the day and was worth 310 points, promoting her to seventh overall.
 
Spence was just behind her in eighth overall after clocking a time of 2:20.83, the 16th fastest, to add 278 points to her total.
 
Prentice’s 2:23.30 was worth 271 points, which saw her drop to 15th, while French’s 2:18.83 added 284 points to her tally pushing her up to 20th.
 
France’s Elodie Clouvel was the new leader, while Ukraine now led the team event with the British team moving up to second.
 
Murray was one of only two athletes to go clear in the allowed time in the riding arena – she and Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk both collected the maximum 300 riding points.
 
That pushed Murray up to fifth place and she started the run/shoot just 14 seconds behind Clouvel, who still led. The top-six athletes were separated by just 18 seconds at the start of the run/shoot.
 
Prentice added 286 points to her total in the ride, putting her 10th overall, while Spence’s 257 points put her 13th and French’s 274 points kept her 20th.
 
Ukraine continued to lead the team event, with Great Britain second and Italy third.
 
Murray dropped down the leaderbord with a disappointing first shoot, but then ran strongly with a combined event time of 13:32.24 to secure a top-10 finish in eighth. Prentice also battled her way into ninth with a run/shoot of 12:53.05.
 
French’s run/shoot time of 12:41.98, was the third best of the day and saw her climb from 20th to 13th, while Spence’s 13:28.58 saw her end the day in 20th.
 
Germany’s Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist battled her way up from fourth to take gold, from Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk – the bronze medallist at the Beijing 2008 Games - with Russia’s Donata Rimsaite taking bronze.
 
Schoneborn’s performance helped Germany edge on to the top of the podium in the team event, taking gold from Ukraine by a single point, with Italy just knocking Britain off the bronze medal position.
 
Tomorrow (Sunday) Joe Choong, Joe Evans and Nick Woodbridge represent Great Britain in the men’s final.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Women’s individual results
Gold: Lena Schoneborn (GER) – 1361 points
Silver: Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) – 1344 points
Bronze: Donata Rimsaite (RUS)  - 1337 points
8th: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1306 points
9th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 1304 points
13th: Kate French (GBR) – 1287 points
20th: Mhairi Spence (GBR) – 1265 points
 
Women’s team results
Gold: Germany (Lena Schoneborn, Anika Schleu & Janine Kohlmann) – 3912 points
Silver: Ukraine (Victoria Tereshuk, Anastasiya Spas & Iryna Khokhlova) -  3911 points
Bronze: Italy (Gloria Tocchi, Claudia Cesarini & Alice Sotero) – 3882 points
4th: Great Britain (Kate French, Samantha Murray & Mhairi Spence) – 3858 points
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay  *
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
*may be subject to change
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

Steve Ballinger
Friday, 11th Jul 2014 2014-07-11 2014 European Championships 11 07

World of Pentathlon we live in is a relatively small place. Hence the news fly fast so even break up with a boyfriend can make the headline news. Social media networking adds almost graphic dimension to the information flow prompting rumour mill fury and making our communication ambient holistic. No surprise re-appearing of Ganna Buriak, top Ukrainian athlete, in Russian National Team outfit features currently on the cards. Ganna competed in the Acapulco World Cup semi-finals for Ukraine this February. Some people may think that paragraphs 4.3 and 4.4 of the UIPM Chapter 4 Eligibility Rules applies and Ganna should not be allowed to change the three letters on the back of her kit from UKR to RUS in 2014.  Honestly that does not bother me. She is a talented athlete surely capable to assess where and with whom she wants to secure her future. I don’t know the circumstances or reasons for such a life changing decision. What I question is that unless Ukrainian Federation has agreed to release her, international body for sport should not sanction the move. It must be difficult for coaches and many others with the Ukrainian Federation to see years of investment disappearing east bound leaving them in despair short of a medal potential. 

Mhairi Spence won seven out of twenty two fights in the semi-finals. That is something I would call the ‘fencing eclipse’. No matter what she tried to do worked. Nothing new in Pentathlon when expectations, anxiety or just a pure bad luck squashed in less than two hours join the forces on the day. Mhairi made it through to the Finals performing well in the rest of the competition earning another opportunity to demonstrate high technical – tactical standards in the fencing discipline. All four British women will compete tomorrow aiming to defend successfully the 2013 Team European Title. Are they up to the challenge? We will find out in less than 24 hours, keep fingers crossed.

Nick Woodbridge is back after hip operation and annoyingly long rehabilitation. Through to the Finals in style will be supported by Joe Evans alias ‘The Road Runner’ looking in good form and Joe Choong, new man on the block making it to the Finals on his first Senior European appearance. Jamie Cooke is trying hard to come back after time demanding but successful conclusion of studies at the Bath Spa University earlier this year. It seems that despite all his efforts it will still take some time and patience before he can realistically think to repeat and improve on his top 2013 performances.     

Women’s Finals start tomorrow 9am Central European time here in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

 

Jan Bartu
Friday, 11th Jul 2014 2014-07-11 Trio through to men’s final at European Championships

Britain’s Nick Woodridge, Joe Evans and Joe Choong will contest the men’s final at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary on Sunday after qualifying from the heats today (Friday).
 
Woodbridge, back in action for the first time in almost a year after a hip injury, and 20-year-old Evans both qualified automatically for the final in Székesfehérvár by securing top-12 finishes in their heats.
 
They will be joined by 19-year-old Choong who secured a final berth on his senior international debut as one of the next top 12 points scorers across the two heats, but Jamie Cooke just missed out.
 
“It was a positive day for the team. Joe Evans had a fantastic day and looked really strong, and it was good to see Nick returning to a big competition and qualifying for the final,” said Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB’s Performance Director.
 
“It was a good day for Joe Choong too and he has another opportunity to gain experience at this level on Sunday,” he added. “Jamie was trying to defend his position in the combined event, but unfortunately he just couldn’t run anyone down at the end.”
 
As Cooke, Evans and Woodbridge were the three nominated scorers for the team competition, the British team will not now be able to challenge for the medals in that event.
 
The young British pair of Evans and Choong were both competing in group A, which started in the day in the fencing hall. Evans won 12 of his 26 contests for joint 16th, while Choong won 10 bouts for joint 20th.
 
Strong performances in the pool saw Evans and Choong climb up the leaderboard. Evans’ 200m freestyle time of 1:59.59 was the fastest in group A, promoting him to ninth overall, while Choong’s 2:02.75 was sixth fastest, pushing him up to 17th.
 
Evans made sure of his place in the final by crossing the line second behind Hungary’s Robert Kasza in a group of four athletes separated by just two seconds. He completed the run/shoot in 11:39.91.
 
Choong run/shoot of 11:47.02 saw him come home in 19th, but he then faced an anxious wait until the completion of group B to see if his points total was enough to progress.
 
Group B started in the pool, giving Cooke and Woodbridge the chance to get off to a decent start. They both took that opportunity, coming second and third respectively.
 
Cooke clocked a 200m freestyle time of 1:57.72, a time that was only bettered by Poland’s Remigiusz, while Woodbridge came home in 1:59.02.
 
Woodbridge fenced well, winning 15 of his 26 bouts, to climb to second place overall, while Cooke’s 10 victories saw him drop to joint ninth going to the run/shoot.
 
Woodbridge crossed the line in sixth to make sure of his place in the final after a combined event time of 12:21.77. Cooke finished 18th in group B with a run/shoot of 12:08.38. However, his points total of 1105 wasn’t quite enough to secure a place in the final, but young Choong did to progress from group A.
 
Tomorrow (Saturday) Kate French, Samantha Murray, Freyja Prentice and Mhairi Spence contest the women’s individual final, with the scores achieved by French, Murray and Spence counting towards the GB team total.
 
The British women are aiming to defend the team title they won a year ago.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay  *
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
*may be subject to change
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 10th Jul 2014 2014-07-10 British quartet progress to European Championships final

All four British women have qualified safely for Saturday’s Modern Pentathlon European Championships final in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
 
London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and world number six Kate French qualified comfortably from group A, finishing in second and third places respectively today (Thursday).
 
Mhairi Spence, Britain’s 2012 world champion, and world number 19 Freyja Prentice had to work harder in the run/shoot in group B, but came home in eighth and 12th places to ensure they join Murray and French in the final.
 
The points scored by French, Murray and Spence on Saturday will count towards Great Britain’s result in the team competition, where Britain are aiming to retain the title they won last year.  
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “All four are through to the final. Samantha and Kate looked comfortable in their group, but Mhairi and Freyja had to work harder in their combined event today.
 
“We can move on positively and regroup for the final now, where we will also be aiming to fight against the other teams to defend the European team title.”
 
Athletes knew they had to secure a top-12 place in each of the two groups to automatically progress to the final, where they would be joined by the next 12 highest points scorers from the two groups.
 
Group A started in the fencing hall, where French was joint second with 15 wins from 22 contests and Murray joint 11th with 12 wins.
 
The two Brits in group A shared third place after the swim. Murray clocked the second fastest 200m freestyle swim time, 2:11.43, while French’s 2:20.33 was 11th quickest. They both started 10 seconds behind Elodie Clouvel of France, who led the field, with Ukraine’s Anastasia Spas second.
 
Clouvel held on to the lead in the run/shoot, but Murray and French were both able to comfortably qualify for the final, coming home in second and third places respectively. Murray clocked 13:16.26 with French completing the run/shoot in 13:17.24.
 
Group B started in the pool, where Spence came fourth with a 200m freestyle time of 2:18.13 and Prentice was 13th in 2:23.97.
 
Prentice won 11 of her 22 fencing bouts, enough to see her climb a place to 12th going into the run/shoot. Spence won seven of her contests, putting her 17th overall.
 
In the run/shoot, Spence worked her way up through the field to finish in eighth overall with a time of 12:51.83, the fastest in group B.
 
Prentice secured the final automatic spot from group B with a run/shoot time of 13:12.80m the seventh fastest, to finish 12th overall.
 
Germany’s Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist Lena Schoneborn coasted home in first.
 
Tomorrow the men get the first taste of action at the European Championships. Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Joe Evans and Nick Woodbridge fly the flag for Great Britain.
 
The European Championships start on Thursday 10 July and running through to Tuesday 15 July.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay  *
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
*may be subject to change
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Wednesday, 9th Jul 2014 2014-07-09 GB pentathletes selected for Youth Olympic Games  Frankie Summers and Henry Choong

Two talented young modern pentathletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Youth Olympic Games in China.
 
Francesca Summers and Henry Choong are members of the 33-strong Team GB team competing across 14 sports at the Games, which take place in Nanjing from 16 to 28 August.
 
Both young athletes are currently on Pentathlon GB’s World Class Podium Potential Programme.
 
Eighteen-year-old Francesca becomes the first British woman to compete in the pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games.
Her selection follows impressive performances this year which saw her win individual bronze at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May and then come fourth at the World Junior Championships in Poland. She helped the British team win team gold on both occasions. She also won silver at last month’s British Junior Championships.
 
Francesca, who lives in Dorking and is a student at Hurtwood House School, said: “Getting to any sporting event with the word Olympics in the title is pretty special. The Youth Olympic Games have only taken place once before in 2010, so the enormity of the occasion has not really sunk in yet.
 
“British women have a tremendous record in the Olympics since they first competed in the modern pentathlon in Sydney 2000.
 
“For many of the coaches and Pentathlon GB personnel, this is almost second nature,” she added. “But for me it's all new and exciting.  And I am really looking forward to the challenge.
 
“Watching the Olympics in London two years ago was amazing and a huge inspiration for me. Hopefully Nanjing can be another step on my way to competing at an Olympics, so I’m really excited to represent Team GB in Nanjing.”
 
Henry Choong achieved the qualifying standard for the Youth Olympics by finishing sixth at the European Youth Olympic Games Qualification competition in Portugal in September.
 
He won bronze at the 2012 Youth B European Championships in Poland and was the only British male athlete to reach the final at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May, where he came home in 28th. He also won the under-17 title at this year’s British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships, held at the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
 
The 17-year-old is the younger brother of Joe Choong, who has won back-to-back titles at the GB Open and makes his senior international debut at the European Championships in Hungary this week.   
 
Henry is from Orpington and took up pentathlon five years ago when he started studying at Whitgift School in South Croydon.
 
He said: “It’s been my dream to make the team for Nanjing ever since I heard about the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore four years ago, so I’m delighted to be selected.
 
“It’s such a privilege to be selected for Team GB and to be part of the Youth Olympic Games,” he added. “It’s my first multi-sport Games so that adds to the excitement and I can’t wait to experience Olympic life.
 
“I’m hoping to compete well and if I have a good fence I really believe I can get a medal. I am so pleased my parents and grandparents will be coming out to Nanjing to support me and share the excitement."
 
Laura Gomersall, Team GB’s modern pentathlon team leader for the Games and head of modern pentathlon at Whitgift School, added: “This is the athletes’ first ever multi-sport Games and I know the Olympic rings mean a lot to them.
 
“They saw their role models compete in London two years ago and they’ll both be looking to match that and embrace Team GB.  Nanjing will be the biggest competition of their season so far and they’ll both be going in with high medal hopes.”
 
The modern pentathlon competition in Nanjing will feature four of the sport’s five disciplines, starting with a round robin fence, followed by a 200m freestyle swim and then a run/shoot, with athletes completing four sets of shooting interspersed with four 800m runs.
 
It will feature men’s and women’s competitions and a mixed team competition.
 
Some 3600 athletes aged 15 to 18 from more than 200 countries will take part in Nanjing at the second summer Youth Olympic Games.
 
For further information about modern pentathlon please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
For further information about Team GB please see  www.teamgb.com or contact Laura Meech – laura.meech@teamgb.com

For further information about the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games please go to www.nanjing2014.org/en
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 
 

Steve Ballinger
Sunday, 6th Jul 2014 2014-07-06 British Biathle Success in Germany

A 43 strong Biathle team traveled to the City of Erding to compete in the 4th Biathle World Tour of 2014. The beautiful setting of Kronthaler Weiher lake provided for the swim with the run on the surrounding parkland for the second time in three years.

The first Races, Youth F, provided the teams first successes with a win for Bea Stanton and a second place for Orlando Clark. The Youth E races gave the team more success with wins for Poppy Clark and Jake Fisher and a second place for James Hulme.

A clean sweep of medals for the team in the youth D boys courtesy of Ryan Symington, Connor Jelley and Fred Fisher. Elizabeth Tolley and Hannah Stanton took gold and silver in the Youth C Girls Race. Bradley Sutton showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition in the Youth B Boys race and India Cooper, Olivia Manson and Leanne Symington took all the medals in the Girls Race.

Matthew Cook won the Youth A Boys race with Ryan Flaherty third. Harry Lane and Adam Weightman took gold and silver and Hannah Parkinson was second  in the Junior races to contine the team's run of success. Victory on the Senior Ladies race went to Rachel Jones.

In the Masters Races there were wins for Emma Fisher (A), Mary Collett (C) and Peter Collett (D). James Greenwell (A) and Michael Covell (C) were second and Margaret Smith (C) was placed third.

The team won a total  of 25 medals, 12 gold, 8 silver and five bronze and excellent performance and congratulations to the whole team.

Results:

Youth F: 1st Bea Stanton 2:55.8, 2nd Orlando Clark 3:17.9

Youth E: 1st Jake Fisher 4:49.4, 2nd James Hulme 5:07.6, 1st Poppy Clark 4:53.9.

Youth D: 1st Ryan Symington 4:16.1, 2nd Conner Jelley 4:24.8, 3rd Jake Fisher 4:35.2. 5th Jessica Hudson 4:47.1, 8th Catherine Tolley 4:52.7, 9th Rachel Hatherall 5:01.8, 10th Elektra Covell 5:02.1.

Youth C: 1st Elizabeth Tolly 5:04.9, 3rd Hannah Stanton 5:18.2, 5th Portia Manson 5:20.1, 6th Jessica Sutton 5:23.2, 7th Connie Baker 5:25.1, 12th Lucy Anderson 5:34.6, 13th Poppy Boyden 5:40.5.

Youth B: 1st Bradley Sutton 8:55.1, 1st India Cooper 10:36.1, 2nd Olivia Manson 10:38.0, 3rd Leanne Symington 10:48.1, 5th Georgie Lane 11:04.4, 8th Olivia Lowe 11:20.2, 10th Daisy Liddle 12:03.2.

Youth A: 1st Matthew Cook 12:25.8, 3rd Ryan Flaherty 14:33.4. dnf Bryony Martel.

Juior: 1st Harry Lane 11:59.5, 2nd Adam Weightman 12:30.6. 2nd Hannah Parkinson 14:13.3

Senior: 1st Rachel Jones 13:45.1

Master A: 1st Emma Fisher 8:52.5, 2nd James Greenwell 8:16.3, 4th Mike Weed 9:30.3

Master B: 4th William Statemeir 10:13.7, 5th Mark Fisher 10:23.2. 10th Mick Flaherty 11:40.1.

Master C: 2nd Michael Covell 12:06.8, 1st Mary Collett 11:44.1, 3rd Margaret Smith 13:11.5.

Master D: 1st Peter Collett 11:38.3 

 

Conner Jelly and Ryan Symington in eth Youths D race

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Guest
Friday, 4th Jul 2014 2014-07-04 Double Olympian Woodbridge returns for European Championships

Double Olympic modern pentathlete Nick Woodbridge is set to compete at his first event for almost a year when he represents Great Britain at next week’s European Championships in Hungary.
 
Woodbridge was struggling with a hip injury ahead of last year’s World Championships in Chinese Taipei in August but came home with a silver medal. His return to action at the Europeans in Székesfehérvár follows surgery in February.
 
“This year has really been quite difficult, it’s all been about rehab,” he said.  “I’m in quite good shape, but I’m not quite 100 per cent at the moment. It’s a long time since I’ve competed, so it will be good to see where I am fitness-wise.
 
“It’s a bit of a warm-up for the World Championships in September, then I’ll get in a serious amount of rehab over the winter. I should really see the benefits then,” he added.
 
Woodbridge (left) is joined in the men’s team by Jamie Cooke, Joe Evans and Joe Choong.
 
Nineteen-year-old Choong, a first year Mathematics student at the University of Bath, makes his senior international debut after securing a place on the team by winning the GB Open in Solihull at the weekend.
 
“I’m a bit nervous, but it will be a good opportunity for me to prove myself,” said Choong, who is still in his first year at junior level. “I don’t really know what to expect, but my main aim is to make the final. I think I can handle myself at juniors now, so I will see how I can step up to senior level.”
 
Pentathlon GB also has a strong quartet in the women’s individual competition, including 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray both.
 
Spence is looking forward to the competition after returning to action at the World Cup in Kecskemét, Hungary in May following an ankle injury. She said: “This will be my first competition for a while when I’ve been fully fit, so I’m looking forward to it. We hope to get another team medal, but we all have our individual goals as well.”
 
Spence and Murray are joined by Kate French, currently ranked 14 in the world and fourth at last month’s World Cup Final in Sarasota, and by Freyja Prentice, who was the highest placed Brit at last year’s European Championships, finishing fourth.
 
The performances of three nominated individuals count towards the team event medals. French, Murray and Spence (left) won team gold at both last year’s European and World championships.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said he is looking forward to seeing how Woodbridge fares on his return and how Choong does at his first major championships.
 
“Nick looks good. He’s fit and healthy, but he’s stepping into unknown territory after not competing for a year,” said Bartu. “He needs to get back on the circuit and regain confidence. The semi-final will be crucial for him at the Europeans.
 
“Joe (Choong) is still a junior and this is first big major senior championships, so it will be interesting to see how he does. Everyone else has been there before, seen it and done it.”
 
Bartu said he is pleased to see so much competition for places within the team based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
“They all push each other in training and that helps them to perform,” he said. “All of the athletes selected are competitive, but when they get to the championships the first hurdle they have to overcome is making it through the semi-finals. You usually have to compete flat out until the end in the semi-finals these days.”
 
Jo Muir teams up with Alice Fitton for the women’s team relay. The young pair recently won bronze in the same event at the European Junior Championships in Belarus.
 
Another young pair – Sam Curry and Tom Toolis – go in the men’s team relay.
 
Samantha Murray and Joe Evans are currently scheduled to contest the mixed relay in Székesfehérvár.
 
Britain’s pentathletes produced some impressive performances at last year’s European Championships, with all four British women securing top-12 finishes in the individual competition.
 
Prentice was the highest placed individual finisher in fourth, while Murray (seventh), French (10th) and Spence’s (12th) performances earned Great Britain team gold.
 
Cooke, Curry and Evans joined forces to win the men’s relay bronze.
 
The European Championships start on Thursday 10 July and run through to Tuesday 15 July. The World Championships take place in Warsaw at the start of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay  *
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
*may be subject to change
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

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Britain's Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion

Posted on Friday, 5th Sep 2014 by Steve Ballinger

 Samantha Murray - World Champion 2014

Britain’s Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold in Warsaw today (Friday).

And there was a double celebration for the British team as she joined forces with Kate French and Freyja Prentice to secure the silver medal for Great Britain in the team competition.
 
Twenty-four-year-old Murray becomes only the fourth British woman to win individual Modern Pentathlon World Championship gold and her success today followed an individual bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.
 
Murray’s performances today included a modern pentathlon short course world record for the 200m freestyle and she looked calm and relaxed as she climbed from third to first in the run/shoot to secure gold.
 
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Murray, who is originally from Clitheroe in Lancashire and now lives in Bath, where she trains at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
“I’ve worked so hard for this and I’ve been aiming for this competition for a while. To be able to say I’m world champion is absolutely fantastic. I dreamed of this so often and now my dream has come true.
 
“When I started to relax and smile today all the work I have put in came through. I couldn't believe how easy the combined event felt. I was really on top of it today.
 
“My coaches Istvan (Nemeth) Frici (Foldes) and Jan (Bartu) have had so much faith in me. They've given me so much support and pushed me when I needed it and my training partners have been great. I owe a massive thank you to so many people."
 
And she paid tribute to 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence, who didn't make the final today but helped Murray during her campaign. “Having someone of her experience helping me was fantastic. I owe her a huge thank you,” she said.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “It was a world class performance. It’s fantastic to see her back because it hasn’t been easy for her over the last year.
 
“She decided to go for it and this is the reward for the hard work. She showed maximum composure in the combined event today. From her first shot she was absolutely relaxed and she kept a fantastic rhythmic.
 
“It was an amazing improvement on how she was shooting last year and it's a credit to Istvan Nemeth and the coaching team, and to the English Institute of Sport team who have all contributed to this success.
 
“It was a well deserved silver medal for the team today,” he added. “They were beaten by a better team – the Chinese were almost perfect today.”
 
Murray is Britain’s fourth individual woman modern pentathlon world champion and follows in the footsteps of Wendy Norman (1982), Steph Cook (2001) and Mhairi Spence (2012).
 
Murray started her campaign today by winning 18 of her 34 fencing bouts to put her joint 14th with 208 pentathlon points. French and Prentice won 14 contests each, to start the day in joint 23rd with 184 points. Russia’s Donata Rimsaite led the field with 25 victories for 250 points.
 
Murray produced a storming swim to climb to second place on the leaderboard. Her time of 2:03.84 was a 200m freestyle modern pentathlon world record in a short course pool – smashing the record of 2:04.26 set by Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs at the European Championships in Medway three years ago.
 
That time earned Murray 329 pentathlon points taking her total to 537 points and putting her 10 points behind Kovacs, the new overall leader.
 
French’s time of 2:16.89 was the 19th fastest of the day and added 290 points to her total, putting her 25th.  Prentice’s 2:19.40 was the 28th fastest, earning 282 points and putting her 28th overall going into the ride.
 
Murray kept up her momentum with a steady round in the riding arena. She went clear, but incurred six time penalties to add 294 points to her total. That meant she went to the combined event in third with 831 points.
 
She started 16 seconds behind Kovacs, who still led the field, and five seconds behind Rimsaite, who had moved up to second place.
 
Prentice dropped seven points from the maximum 300 available in the ride to go into the combined event in 25th, 88 seconds off the lead, while French collected 286 points in the ride to go into the run shoot in 24th, starting a second ahead of Prentice.
 
Murray looked relaxed as she set off on the run/shoot, moving past Kovacs into the lead on the second of four 800m running legs. She shot calmly and her lead never looked in doubt, and she crossed the finish line triumphantly with a huge smile on her face. Her combined event time of 12:00.6 was the second fastest of the day.
 
China’s Qian Chen came home eight seconds later to take silver, with her team-mate Wanxia Liang taking bronze, a further 19 seconds back.
 
Prentice’s produced the fifth best run/shoot of the day with a time of 12:07.73 to climb to 19th, while French’s 12:37.52 was 17th fastest and saw her finish in 26th.
 
And there was a double celebration with the performances of Murray, Prentice and French sing Great Britain take team silver behind China.
 
Tomorrow (Saturday) the men return to action in their final with Jamie Cooke and 19-year-old Joe Choong representing Great Britain.
 

Photo Courtesy & Copyright @NickHopeBBC

 
Women’s individual results
Gold: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1411 points
Silver: Qian Chen (CHN) – 1403 points
Bronze: Liang Wanxia (CHN) – 1384 points
19th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 1332 points
26th: Kate French (GBR) – 1303 points
 
 
Women’s team results
Gold: China (Qian Chin, Wanxia Liang & Wei Wang) – 4061 points
Silver: Great Britain (Kate French, Samantha Murray & Freyja Prentice) – 4046 points
Bronze: Belarus (Katsiaryna Arol, Anastasiya Prokopenko & Tatsiana Yelizarova) – 4030 points
 
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 


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Britain’s Samantha Murray is the new modern pentathlon world champion after striking gold in Warsaw today (Friday).

And there was a double celebration for the British team as she joined forces with Kate French and Freyja Prentice to secure the silver medal for Great Britain in the team competition.
 
Twenty-four-year-old Murray becomes only the fourth British woman to win individual Modern Pentathlon World Championship gold and her success today followed an individual bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome and silver at the London 2012 Olympics.
 
Murray’s performances today included a modern pentathlon short course world record for the 200m freestyle and she looked calm and relaxed as she climbed from third to first in the run/shoot to secure gold.
 
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Murray, who is originally from Clitheroe in Lancashire and now lives in Bath, where she trains at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
“I’ve worked so hard for this and I’ve been aiming for this competition for a while. To be able to say I’m world champion is absolutely fantastic. I dreamed of this so often and now my dream has come true.
 
“When I started to relax and smile today all the work I have put in came through. I couldn't believe how easy the combined event felt. I was really on top of it today.
 
“My coaches Istvan (Nemeth) Frici (Foldes) and Jan (Bartu) have had so much faith in me. They've given me so much support and pushed me when I needed it and my training partners have been great. I owe a massive thank you to so many people."
 
And she paid tribute to 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence, who didn't make the final today but helped Murray during her campaign. “Having someone of her experience helping me was fantastic. I owe her a huge thank you,” she said.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “It was a world class performance. It’s fantastic to see her back because it hasn’t been easy for her over the last year.
 
“She decided to go for it and this is the reward for the hard work. She showed maximum composure in the combined event today. From her first shot she was absolutely relaxed and she kept a fantastic rhythmic.
 
“It was an amazing improvement on how she was shooting last year and it's a credit to Istvan Nemeth and the coaching team, and to the English Institute of Sport team who have all contributed to this success.
 
“It was a well deserved silver medal for the team today,” he added. “They were beaten by a better team – the Chinese were almost perfect today.”
 
Murray is Britain’s fourth individual woman modern pentathlon world champion and follows in the footsteps of Wendy Norman (1982), Steph Cook (2001) and Mhairi Spence (2012).
 
Murray started her campaign today by winning 18 of her 34 fencing bouts to put her joint 14th with 208 pentathlon points. French and Prentice won 14 contests each, to start the day in joint 23rd with 184 points. Russia’s Donata Rimsaite led the field with 25 victories for 250 points.
 
Murray produced a storming swim to climb to second place on the leaderboard. Her time of 2:03.84 was a 200m freestyle modern pentathlon world record in a short course pool – smashing the record of 2:04.26 set by Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs at the European Championships in Medway three years ago.
 
That time earned Murray 329 pentathlon points taking her total to 537 points and putting her 10 points behind Kovacs, the new overall leader.
 
French’s time of 2:16.89 was the 19th fastest of the day and added 290 points to her total, putting her 25th.  Prentice’s 2:19.40 was the 28th fastest, earning 282 points and putting her 28th overall going into the ride.
 
Murray kept up her momentum with a steady round in the riding arena. She went clear, but incurred six time penalties to add 294 points to her total. That meant she went to the combined event in third with 831 points.
 
She started 16 seconds behind Kovacs, who still led the field, and five seconds behind Rimsaite, who had moved up to second place.
 
Prentice dropped seven points from the maximum 300 available in the ride to go into the combined event in 25th, 88 seconds off the lead, while French collected 286 points in the ride to go into the run shoot in 24th, starting a second ahead of Prentice.
 
Murray looked relaxed as she set off on the run/shoot, moving past Kovacs into the lead on the second of four 800m running legs. She shot calmly and her lead never looked in doubt, and she crossed the finish line triumphantly with a huge smile on her face. Her combined event time of 12:00.6 was the second fastest of the day.
 
China’s Qian Chen came home eight seconds later to take silver, with her team-mate Wanxia Liang taking bronze, a further 19 seconds back.
 
Prentice’s produced the fifth best run/shoot of the day with a time of 12:07.73 to climb to 19th, while French’s 12:37.52 was 17th fastest and saw her finish in 26th.
 
And there was a double celebration with the performances of Murray, Prentice and French sing Great Britain take team silver behind China.
 
Tomorrow (Saturday) the men return to action in their final with Jamie Cooke and 19-year-old Joe Choong representing Great Britain.
 

Photo Courtesy & Copyright @NickHopeBBC

 
Women’s individual results
Gold: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1411 points
Silver: Qian Chen (CHN) – 1403 points
Bronze: Liang Wanxia (CHN) – 1384 points
19th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 1332 points
26th: Kate French (GBR) – 1303 points
 
 
Women’s team results
Gold: China (Qian Chin, Wanxia Liang & Wei Wang) – 4061 points
Silver: Great Britain (Kate French, Samantha Murray & Freyja Prentice) – 4046 points
Bronze: Belarus (Katsiaryna Arol, Anastasiya Prokopenko & Tatsiana Yelizarova) – 4030 points
 
 
 
Pentathlon GB team for World Championships
 
Women’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Kate French * – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice *  – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray *  – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s individual
(* scores count towards team event)
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke * - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Sam Curry * - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Joe Evans * - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
 
Women’s relay
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men’s relay
Jamie Cooke - 03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed relay (tbc)
Joe Evans - 05.09.93, Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
 
World Championships schedule
 
Monday 1 September: women’s relay
Tuesday 2 September: men’s relay
Wednesday 3 September: women’s semi-finals
Thursday 4 September: men’s semi-finals
Friday 5 September: women’s final (including team event)
Saturday 6 September: men’s final (including team event)
Sunday 7 September: mixed relay
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

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Wednesday, 30th Jul 2014 2014-07-30 World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference 2014  World Modern Pentathlon Coaches Conference 2014

You are invited to attend the Pentathlon GB sponsored World Modern Pentathlon Coaching Conference 2014 which will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre, England from the 7th November to the 10th November 2014.

The full Conference, 3 night’s hotel accommodation on full board basis will cost £220.00 per delegate.

The Conference commences with registration from 1100hrs on Friday 7th November 2014, lunch available and followed by a keynote address at 1800hrs.  A three-course dinner follows the keynote address and bar facilities will be available. The Conference will continue on the Saturday and Sunday with the option for round table discussions Monday morning, and discussion as return flights and journeys dictate.

Conference attendance is by prior registration for places.  Full details of the program, speakers and general information will be sent out to delegates expressing interest to attend. You will not be registered for the event until you have completed the application form here.

Confirmation of your conference registration will be sent to you by email once your registration has been processed.

Please do not hesitate to contact  Stuart Mason on +44 1253 859558, stuart.mason@pentathlongb.org should you require further information. 

We look forward to seeing you in November.

Eleanor Guest
Tuesday, 15th Jul 2014 2014-07-15 Curry and Toolis win bronze at European Championships  Sam Curry and Tom Toolis

Sam Curry and Tom Toolis made sure Britain’s campaign at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships ended on a high note by winning bronze in the men’s relay in Hungary this afternoon (Tuesday).

It means the Pentathlon GB team will come home from the championships in Székesfehérvár with two medals, following the mixed relay silver medal won by Samantha Murray and Joe Evans yesterday (Monday).
 
The men started their campaign today in the pool, where Curry and Toolis’ 2x100m freestyle relay time of 1:52.82 was only bettered by the Poles. The British team started the day with 362 pentathlon points.
 
The young British pair also fenced well, winning 24 of their 40 contests for 230 points and second place. The Russian team won 28 contests to take the lead overall, with Great Britain still in second.
 
In the riding, the French team were the only ones to go clear in the allowed time to take the maximum 300 points. Curry and Toolis both rode well to add 291 points to their total, keeping them in second overall. They were 19 points behind the Russians and so started the run/shoot 19 seconds behind them.
 
Some fast shooting by France’s Valentin Belaud enabled him to overtake Curry on their second visit to the shooting range to move into second. But Curry and then Tom Toolis after him, were able keep a big enough margin between them and Belarus in fourth to bring home bronze.
 
The young British pair, both students at the University of Bath, clocked a time of 11:05.68 in the run/shoot to make sure of bronze. Ilia Frolov, who won the men's individual silver medal on Sunday, crossed the finish line to take men's relay gold for Russia.
 
The women’s relay also took place today. Jo Muir and Alice Fitton – the bronze medallists at last month’s European Juniors – finished eighth.
 
Their competition started in the fencing hall, where Muir and Fitton won 11 of their 40 fencing bouts to start the day in 11th place with 165 points.
 
The British pair produced the second fastest swimming time of the day – 2:04.88 – to add 326 points to their total and move up to second. The time was only bettered by the Ukrainian team, who led overall.
 
The Brits were one of only two teams to go clear in the allowed time in the riding arena to net the full 300 riding points, along with Lithuania. They remained in 10th place in the leaderboard, but closed the gaps on the other teams ahead of the run/shoot.
 
Fitton and Muir battled hard in the run/shoot, recording a time of 12:32.48, to end the day in eighth.
 
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Men’s relay results
Gold: Russia (Ilia Frolov & Oleg Naumov) – 1558 points
Silver: France (Valentin Prades & Valentin Belaud) – 1539 points
Bronze: Great Britain (Sam Curry & Tom Toolis) – 1518 points
 
 
Women’s relay results
Gold: Ukraine (Victoria Tereshuk & Anastasiya Spas) – 1407 points
Silver: Germany (Lena Schoneborn & Annika Schleu) – 1400 points
Bronze: Russia (Anna Savchenko & Ganna Buriak) -  1387 points
8th: Great Britain (Jo Muir & Alice Fitton) – 1339 points
 
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 

Steve Ballinger
Monday, 14th Jul 2014 2014-07-14 Silver lining for Murray and Evans at European Championships  Joe Evans and Sam Murray

Samantha Murray and Joe Evans won Britain’s first medal of the Modern Pentathlon European Championships when they took mixed relay silver in Hungary today (Monday).

The British pair went into the run/shoot at Székesfehérvár with a 22-second lead over the Lithuanian team, made up of reigning Olympic champion and world number one Laura Asadauskaite and reigning world champion Justinas Kinderis.
 
Despite putting up a spirited battle, the British pair were ultimately denied gold by just three seconds.
 
Murray, Britain’s London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, held off run/shoot specialist Asadauskaite for her two shoots and two 800m legs.
 
But Kinderis passed 20-year-old Evans on their first running leg and although Evans shot well and hung in doggedly, he couldn’t overhaul the Lithuanian.
 
“It was a brilliant day and it was nice for us both to finish on a high note here,” said Evans, who competed in the mixed relay the day after contesting the men’s individual final yesterday (Sunday).
 
“I’m pretty shattered now. It was tough to do two days in a row, but we’ve been training well and I was prepared for it,” he said.
 
“We had a good fence, we won the swim and we both pulled together on the ride. We couldn’t quite hold it on the combined event, but we’re both really pleased with the medal.”
 
The British pair made a strong start, winning 25 of their 44 fencing bouts to accumulate 220 pentathlon points, putting them joint third alongside Lithuania. Ukraine and Belarus, were the joint leaders with 27 fencing victories each.
 
Evans produced a strong finish to win the 2x100m freestyle swim and move Britain to the top of the leaderboard. Murray trailed France’s Elodie Clouvel at the halfway mark, but Evans’ powerful finish overhauled Simon Casse.
 
The British pair’s time of 1:53.98 was worth 359 points and saw them move into a six-point lead over Ukraine, with Belarus a further eight points back.
 
Murray and Evans also produced a near flawless performance in the riding arena, dropping just one point from the maximum 300.
 
That kept them in the lead and they started the run/shoot with 22-second advantage over Lithuania in second, and a 49-second lead over Hungary in third.
 
Murray and Evans completed the run/shoot in 11:30.82 to take silver with Poland and Ukraine sharing bronze.
 
Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees the final day of competition at the 2014 European Championships, with both the men’s and women’s relay taking place. Sam Curry and Tom Toolis contest the men’s event, with Alice Fitton and Jo Muir going in the women’s competition.
 
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
The 2014 World Championships take place in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of September.
 
The 2015 European Championships will take place at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August and will be the first opportunity for European athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for the Rio 2016 Games.
 
Mixed relay results
Gold: Lithuania (Laura Asadauskaite & Justinas Kinderis) – 1491 points
Silver: Great Britain (Samantha Murray & Joe Evans) – 1488 points
Bronze: Ukraine (Iryna Khokhlova & Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy) – 1458 points
   Poland (Oktawia Nowacka & Lukasz Klekot) – 1458 points
 
 
British team for 2014 European Championships
 
Individual competitions
 
Women
Kate French – 11.02.91, from: Meopham, Gravesend – lives: Bath
Mhairi Spence – 31.08.85, Farr, near Inverness – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, – Inverurie near Aberdeen - Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
 
Men
Joe Choong – 23.05.95, Orpington - Bath
Jamie Cooke -  03.03.91, Cheltenham – Bath
Joe Evans - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire – Bath
Nick Woodbridge – 01.07.86, Telford, Shropshire - Bath
 
Team relays
Women
Alice Fitton  - 05.08.94 from Atherton, Greater Manchester - lives Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries -  Bath
 
Men
Sam Curry - 03.09.93, Salfords, Surrey - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, North East London - Bath
 
Mixed team relay
Samantha Murray
Joe Evans
 
 
2014 European Championships schedule
Thursday 10 July: women’s heats
Friday 11 July: men’s heats
Saturday 12 July: women’s final (incl team competition)
Sunday 13 July: men’s final (incl team competition)
Monday 14 July: mixed relay
Tuesday 15 July: men’s & women’s team relays
 
 
 
For further information please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org

 

Steve Ballinger
Wednesday, 9th Jul 2014 2014-07-09 GB pentathletes selected for Youth Olympic Games  Frankie Summers and Henry Choong

Two talented young modern pentathletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Youth Olympic Games in China.
 
Francesca Summers and Henry Choong are members of the 33-strong Team GB team competing across 14 sports at the Games, which take place in Nanjing from 16 to 28 August.
 
Both young athletes are currently on Pentathlon GB’s World Class Podium Potential Programme.
 
Eighteen-year-old Francesca becomes the first British woman to compete in the pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games.
Her selection follows impressive performances this year which saw her win individual bronze at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May and then come fourth at the World Junior Championships in Poland. She helped the British team win team gold on both occasions. She also won silver at last month’s British Junior Championships.
 
Francesca, who lives in Dorking and is a student at Hurtwood House School, said: “Getting to any sporting event with the word Olympics in the title is pretty special. The Youth Olympic Games have only taken place once before in 2010, so the enormity of the occasion has not really sunk in yet.
 
“British women have a tremendous record in the Olympics since they first competed in the modern pentathlon in Sydney 2000.
 
“For many of the coaches and Pentathlon GB personnel, this is almost second nature,” she added. “But for me it's all new and exciting.  And I am really looking forward to the challenge.
 
“Watching the Olympics in London two years ago was amazing and a huge inspiration for me. Hopefully Nanjing can be another step on my way to competing at an Olympics, so I’m really excited to represent Team GB in Nanjing.”
 
Henry Choong achieved the qualifying standard for the Youth Olympics by finishing sixth at the European Youth Olympic Games Qualification competition in Portugal in September.
 
He won bronze at the 2012 Youth B European Championships in Poland and was the only British male athlete to reach the final at the Youth A World Championships in Hungary in May, where he came home in 28th. He also won the under-17 title at this year’s British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships, held at the inspirational setting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
 
The 17-year-old is the younger brother of Joe Choong, who has won back-to-back titles at the GB Open and makes his senior international debut at the European Championships in Hungary this week.   
 
Henry is from Orpington and took up pentathlon five years ago when he started studying at Whitgift School in South Croydon.
 
He said: “It’s been my dream to make the team for Nanjing ever since I heard about the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore four years ago, so I’m delighted to be selected.
 
“It’s such a privilege to be selected for Team GB and to be part of the Youth Olympic Games,” he added. “It’s my first multi-sport Games so that adds to the excitement and I can’t wait to experience Olympic life.
 
“I’m hoping to compete well and if I have a good fence I really believe I can get a medal. I am so pleased my parents and grandparents will be coming out to Nanjing to support me and share the excitement."
 
Laura Gomersall, Team GB’s modern pentathlon team leader for the Games and head of modern pentathlon at Whitgift School, added: “This is the athletes’ first ever multi-sport Games and I know the Olympic rings mean a lot to them.
 
“They saw their role models compete in London two years ago and they’ll both be looking to match that and embrace Team GB.  Nanjing will be the biggest competition of their season so far and they’ll both be going in with high medal hopes.”
 
The modern pentathlon competition in Nanjing will feature four of the sport’s five disciplines, starting with a round robin fence, followed by a 200m freestyle swim and then a run/shoot, with athletes completing four sets of shooting interspersed with four 800m runs.
 
It will feature men’s and women’s competitions and a mixed team competition.
 
Some 3600 athletes aged 15 to 18 from more than 200 countries will take part in Nanjing at the second summer Youth Olympic Games.
 
For further information about modern pentathlon please contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at press@matchtight.co.uk
 
You can also find more information about Pentathlon GB at www.pentathlongb.org buy liking us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PentathlonGB or following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PentathlonGB
 
For further information about Team GB please see  www.teamgb.com or contact Laura Meech – laura.meech@teamgb.com

For further information about the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games please go to www.nanjing2014.org/en
 
 
Notes for editors
 
 
·      Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport   of modern pentathlon.
·      Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.
·      Britain’s pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning medals at the last four Olympic Games. Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Samantha  Murray won silver at London 2012.
·      Pentathlon GB receives National Lottery funding from UK Sport and Sport England. You can find out more about UK Sport at www.uksport.gov.uk and about Sport England at www.sportengland.org
 
 

Steve Ballinger



UK Modern Pentathlon Roll of Honour

Top 6 finishers in Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup Finals

2014
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Gold
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Evans, French Mixed Team Relay Silver
Youth Olympics Francesca Summers Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, Summers Women's Team Gold
Youth World Championships Francesca Summers Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Bryson, Prise, Summers Women's Team Gold
2013
Senior World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th
Senior World Championships Evans, Murray Mixed Relay 4th
Senior World Championships French, Prentice, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Cooke, Evans, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 5th
Senior World Championships French, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
World Cup Final Jamie Cooke Individual 6th
Junior World Championships Fitton, Muir, K.Prise Women's Team Relay Gold
Youth A World Championships Joe Choong Individual Silver
2012
London Olympics Samantha Murray Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Gold
Senior World Championships Samantha Murray Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Spence Women's Team Gold
Senior World Championships Burke, French, Livingston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Fowlie, Prise, Wain Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual 5th
2011
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lydia Rosling Individual 5th
Junior World Championships French, Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Prentice, Rosling Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships French, Myatt Mixed Team Relay 4th
World Championships Burke, Prentice, Spence Team 5th
World Cup Final Nick Woodbridge Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Mhairi Spence Individual 5th


2010
Senior World Championships Fell, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Burke, Murray, Prentice Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Burke, French, Prentice Women's Team Relay Gold
Junior World Championships Freyja Prentice Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Kate French Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual 5th


2009
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Women's Team Silver
Senior World Championships Weale, Woodbridge Men's Team Relay 4th
Senior World Championships Fell, Spence Women's Team Relay 4th


2008
Olympic Games Heather Fell Individual Silver
Senior World Championships Katy Livingston Individual Bronze
Senior World Championships Fell, Harland, Spence Team Silver
Senior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Spence Team Relay Silver
World Cup Final Heather Fell Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Ferguson, Grandfield, Prentice Women's Team Silver
Youth World Championships Jamie Cooke Individual Silver
Youth World Championships Cooke, Legon, Worrall Team Bronze


2007
Senior World Championships Livingston, Spence, Weedon Women's Relay Gold


2006
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Senior World Championships Harland, Spence, Livingston Women's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Spence, Helyer, Gomersall S Women's Team Relay Gold


2005
Junior World Championships Spence, Livingston, Gomersall S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual Bronze


2004
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Livingston Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Spence, Fell, Rowell Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Mhairi Spence Individual 5th
Olympic Games Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Youth World Championships Nick Woodbridge Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold
World Championships Allenby, Clark, Harland Women's Team Gold
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual 5th


2003
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Championships Allenby, Harland, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Heather Fell Individual Gold
Junior World Championships Lindsey Weedon Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Relay Silver
Junior World Championships Fell, Livingston, Weedon Women's Team Gold


2002
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Clark, Fell, Langridge Women's Team Silver


2001
World Cup Final Sian Lewis Individual Gold
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Silver
World Championships Steph Cook Individual Gold
World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Bronze
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 5th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Gold
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Relay Gold


2000
World Cup Final Georgina Harland Individual 5th
Olympic Games Steph Cook Individual Gold
Olympic Games Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Bright, Clark, Langridge Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Emily Bright Individual 6th
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Harland Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Kinsey, Lewis S Women's Team Relay Silver


1999
World Championships Allenby, Cook, Lewis S Women's Team Silver
World Championships Cook, Harland, Lewis G Women's Team Relay Gold
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
World Cup Final Steph Cook Individual 4th
Junior World Championships Giles Hancock Individual 6th


1998
World Championships Lewis S, Cook, Allenby Women's Team Silver
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Cook Women's Team Relay Bronze
World Cup Final Kate Allenby Individual Gold


1997
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Houston Women's Team Relay Bronze
Junior World Championships Georgina Harland Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Harland, Bright, Lewis G Women's Team 6th


1996
World Championships Kate Allenby Individual 6th
World Championships Allenby, Lewis G, Wilmott Women's Team Relay 6th
World Cup Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Lewis, Leach, Harland Women's Team Relay 6th


1995
World Championships Allen, Allenby, Andrews Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Silver


1994
World Championships Phelps, Brookhouse, Whyte Men's Team Silver
Junior World Championships Kate Allenby Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Lewis Women's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Allenby, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 6th


1993
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Gold
World Championships Macfadden, Houston, Rowe Women's Team Relay 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Silver


1992
Olympic Games Phelps, Mahony, Brookhouse Men's Team 6th
World Championships Cox, Houston, Kipling Women's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Allen, Kimberley, Kipling Women's Team Relay 5th


1991
Junior World Championships Kimberley, Kipling, Nicholas Women's Team Relay 4th


1990
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team 5th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kimberley Women's TeamRelay 6th
Junior World Championships Nicholas, Macfadden, Kipling Women's Relay 6th


1989
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th


1988
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 6th
Olympic Games Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Cox Women's Team 6th


1987
World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th
World Championships Mahony, Phelps, Brookhouse Men's Team Bronze
World Championships Norman, Ball, Flaherty Women's Team 4th
Junior World Championships Whyte, Ball, Chaffey Men's Team 5th


1986
World Championships Norman, Purton, Ball Women's Team 6th
World Championships Mahony, Hart, Phelps Men's Team 6th
Junior World Championships Lawrence, Whyte, Griffiths Men's Team 4th


1985
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Dominic Mahony Individual 6th


1984
Olympic Games Ric Phelps Individual 4th
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual 4th
World Championships Norman, Sowerby, Purton Women's Team 6th


1983
World Championships Sarah Parker Individual Bronze
World Championships Teresa Purton Individual 5th
World Championships Parker, Purton, Sowerby Women's Team Gold
World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 6th


1982
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Gold
World Championships Sarah Parker Indivdual Silver
World Championships Kathy Tayler Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Parker, Tayler Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Bronze
Junior World Championships Phelps, Royston, Tayler Men's Team Bronze


1981
World Championships Wendy Norman Individual Bronze
World Championships Norman, Tayler, Parker Women's Team Gold
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team 4th


1980
Junior World Championships Ric Phelps Individual Silver
Junior World Championships Phelps, Tayler, Royston Men's Team Bronze


1978
Junior World Championships Phelps, Humpage, Brodie Men's Team 4th


1976
Olympic Games Parker, Nightingale, Fox Men's Team Gold
Olympic Games Adrian Parker Individual 5th
Junior World Championships Clarke, Tolfree, Mumford Men's Team 5th


1975
World Championships Jim Fox Individual Bronze


1974
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 6th


1973
Junior World Championships Wall, Nightingale, Mullis Men's Team 5th


1972
Olympic Games Jim Fox Individual 4th


1967
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1966
World Championships Jim Fox Individual 5th


1957
World Championships Don Cobley Individual 6th


1951
World Championships Lumsdaine, Percy, Blacker Men's Team 4th


1950
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Marsh Men's Team 5th


1949
World Championships Lumsdaine, Duckworth, Brooke Men's Team 4th


1928
Olympic Games David Turquand-Young Individual 6th