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London 2012 Olympic Games

After a gruelling 12 month qualifying period, GBR had 5 women and 3 men who qualified for the Games. They were

  • Katy Burke
  • Heather Fell
  • Samantha Murray
  • Freyja Prentice
  • Mhairi Spence
  • Jamie Cooke
  • Sam Weale
  • Nick Woodbridge

The international rules permit only 2 athletes per nation to compete at the Games. The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced the team on 8th June. Find out who will represent Team GB.

Modern Pentathlon comprises five disparate disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and embraced the spirit of the Pentathlon of the ancient Greek Games, where the five sports were running, jumping, javelin, discus and wrestling. Find out more about the individual sports and, if you are inspired to have a go, how to get involved.

London 2012 Olympic Athletes

The Modern Pentathlon team to represent Great Britain at London 2012 was announced by the BOA on 8th June at Greenwich.

GBR will be represented by Nick Woodbridge, Sam Weale, Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray. View their profiles, some images and their international results for the last 12 months below.

  • Nick Woodbridge
  • Sam Weale
  • Mhairi Spence
  • Samantha Murray
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Nick Woodbridge's Profile Download Profile

DoB 01/07/1986 Nick Woodbridge

Nick Woodbridge (10 images)

Age 29 (Age on competition day will be 26)
Place of Birth Wellington, Shropshire
Residence Bath, Somerset
Home Town Telford, Shropshire
World Ranking 5th
Started Modern Pentathlon 1999
Twitter @NickWoodbridge
Career Highlights Olympic Games 10th London, August 2012

Olympic Games 25th Beijing, China August 2008

World Championships 18th Guatemala City, November 2006
13th Crystal Palace, London, August 2009
10th Rome, Italy, May 2012 2nd, Chinese Taipei, August 2013


World Cup Final 24th Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2009
14th Moscow, Russia, June 2010
Bronze Crystal Palace, London, July 2011
5th Chengdu, China, May 2012

World Cup Bronze Mexico, March 2006
Bronze Drzonkow, Poland, May 2007
10th Mexico City, Mexico March 2008
8th Millfield, Great Britain, March 2008
9th Madrid, Spain, April 2008
14th Medway, Great Britain, April 2010
14th Moscow, Russia, June 2010
7th Palm Springs, USA, February 2011
6th Charlotte, USA, March 2012
6th Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2012

European Championships 24th Riga, Latvia, June 2007
26th Medway, Kent, Great Britain, August 2011

World Junior Championships 6th Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, September 2007

World Youth Championships Gold Albena, Bulgaria, September 2004

Nick Woodbridge's Results for Olympic Qualifying Period

Competition Venue Place Fence
V/D
Swim Riding CE Total
National Selection Competition #1
08/12/2012
Bath, ENG 3 880 (9 ) 1204 (3) 1160 (8) 1724 (15)
23 /19 (4 :26.32) (21 :9.17)
World Cup Final
26/05/2012
Chengdu, CHN 5 784 (18 ) 1388 (3) 1180 (2) 2316 (23) 5668
16 /19 (1 :57.83) (11 :11.79)
World Championships
07/05/2012
Rome, ITA 10 832 (15 ) 1376 (3) 1180 (4) 2464 (14) 5852
18 /17 (1 :58.69) (10 :34.50)
World Cup 3 (Qualification B)
12/04/2012
Szazhalombatta, HUN 16 832 (16 ) 1404 (5) 2268 (20) 4504
16 /16 (1 :56.49) (11 :23.36)
World Cup 2
15/03/2012
Rio de Janeiro, BRA 6 784 (21 ) 1380 (2) 1180 (5) 2468 (16) 5812
16 /19 (1 :58.51) (10 :33.40)
World Cup 1
08/03/2012
Charlotte, USA 6 856 (9 ) 1396 (3) 1180 (3) 2340 (35) 5772
19 /16 (1 :57.09) (11 :5.26)
National Selection Competition #3 ()
21/01/2012
Bath, ENG 1 1000 (1 ) 1388 (2) 1180 (3) 2280 (2)
22 /10 (1 :57.72) (11 :20.70)
National Selection Competition #2 & British Championships ()
17/12/2011
Bath, ENG 4 1000 (1 ) 1296 (5) 848 (15) 2088 (11)
28 /12 (2 :5.64) (12 :8.50)
National Selection Competition #1 ()
03/12/2011
Bath, ENG 2 808 (8 ) 1348 (3) 1200 (1) 2220 (2)
19 /19 (2 :1.02) (11 :35.59)
World Championships (Qualification B)
08/09/2011
Moscow, RUS 18 832 (16 ) 1368 (1) 2284 (28) 4484
17 /18 (1 :59.33) (11 :19.00)
European Championships
28/07/2011
Medway, ENG 26 784 (22 ) 1444 (2) 960 (31) 2476 (31) 5664
16 /19 (1 :53.32) (10 :31.81)
Selection Competition #2 ()
15/01/2011
Bath, ENG 1 972 (3 ) 1368 (3) 1168 (2) 2016 (5)
21 /11 (1 :59.39) (12 :26.85)

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Mhairi Spence's Profile Download Profile

DoB 31/08/1985 Mhairi Spence

Mhairi Spence (10 images)

Age 29 (Age on competition day will be 26)
Place of Birth Inverness
Residence Bath, Somerset
Home Town Inverness
World Ranking 3rd
Started Modern Pentathlon August 2001
Twitter @MhairiSpence
Career Highlights World Championships
14th Crystal Palace, London, August 2009
8th Moscow, Russia, September 2011
Gold Rome, Italy, May 2012

World Cup Final
6th Caldas de Rainha, Portugal October 2008
5th London, July 2011

World Cup
4th Millfield, April 2007
6th Madrid, April 2008
4th Kladno, Czech Republic, May 2008
5th Rome, Italy, May 2009
Bronze Medway, Kent, April 2010
Silver Palm Springs, USA, February 2011
Bronze Százhalombatta, Hungary, May 2011

European Championships
Bronze, Budapest, Hungary, July 2006
8th Debrecen, Hungary, July 2010

World Junior Championships
Bronze Moscow, July 2005
Silver Shanghai, China, August 2006

European Junior Championships
Silver Torres Vedras, Portugal, April 2006

Mhairi Spence's Results for Olympic Qualifying Period

Competition Venue Place Fence
V/D
Swim Riding CE Total
World Championships
07/05/2012
Rome, ITA 1 952 (3) 1160 (12 ) 1200 (4) 2172 (11) 5484
23 /12 (2 :16.84) (11 :47.90)
World Cup 3
12/04/2012
Szazhalombatta, HUN 8 880 (10) 1204 (10 ) 1180 (8) 2024 (20) 5288
19 /16 (2 :13.22) (12 :24.35)
World Cup 2
15/03/2012
Rio de Janeiro, BRA 25 760 (25) 1148 (13 ) 1160 (18) 2024 (26) 5092
14 /20 (2 :17.82) (12 :24.90)
World Cup 1
08/03/2012
Charlotte, USA 2 1000 (2) 1176 (6 ) 1160 (12) 2120 (17) 5456
25 /10 (2 :15.65) (12 :0.67)
National Selection Competition #3 ()
21/01/2012
Bath, ENG 2 1040 (1) 1128 (10 ) 1200 (5) 1824 (4)
33 /11 (2 :19.60) (13 :14.57)
National Selection Competition #1 ()
03/12/2011
Bath, ENG 1 1160 (1) 1128 (8 ) 1192 (2) 1908 (5)
25 /4 (2 :19.55) (12 :53.10)
World Championships
08/09/2011
Moscow, RUS 8 928 (4) 1172 (8 ) 1140 (23) 2104 (29) 5344
22 /13 (2 :15.71) (12 :4.00)
European Championships
28/07/2011
Medway, ENG 33 760 (23) 1220 (6 ) 912 (33) 1920 (32) 4812
15 /20 (2 :11.92) (12 :50.49)
World Cup Final
09/07/2011
London, ENG 5 976 (4) 1188 (8 ) 1112 (26) 1952 (12) 5228
23 /12 (2 :14.56) (12 :42.05)
Selection Competition #2 ()
15/01/2011
Bath, ENG 1 1096 (1) 1120 (5 ) 1184 (2) 1856 (2)
40 /8 (2 :20.04) (13 :6.70)

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Samantha Murray's Profile Download Profile

DoB 25/09/1989 Sam Murray

Samantha Murray (10 images)

Age 25 (Age on competition day will be 22)
Place of Birth Preston, Lancashire
Residence Bath, Somerset
Home Town Clitheroe, Lancashire
World Ranking 10th
Started Modern Pentathlon 2002
Twitter @_samanthamurray
Career Highlights World Championships
22nd Chengdu, China, September 2010
Bronze Rome, Italy, May 2012

World Cup Final
24th Moscow, Russia, June 2010

World Cup
7th Medway, Great Britain, April 2010
4th Budapest, May 2010
7th Palm Springs, USA, February 2011
6th Charlotte, USA, March 2012
4th Százhalombatta, Hungary, April 2012
Bronze Rostov, Russia, April 2012

World Junior Championships
8th Szekesfehervar, Hungary, August 2010

European Junior Championships
15th Golega, Portugal, May 2010

Samantha Murray's Results for Olympic Qualifying Period

Competition Venue Place Fence
V/D
Swim Riding CE Total
World Championships
07/05/2012
Rome, ITA 3 832 (14) 1264 (2 ) 1160 (14) 2196 (8) 5452
18 /17 (2 :8.04) (11 :41.00)
World Cup 4
19/04/2012
Rostov, RUS 3 832 (12) 1244 (2 ) 1160 (9) 2108 (10) 5344
18 /17 (2 :9.73) (12 :3.05)
World Cup 3
12/04/2012
Szazhalombatta, HUN 4 736 (27) 1280 (3 ) 1060 (27) 2276 (1) 5352
13 /22 (2 :6.82) (11 :21.05)
World Cup 1
08/03/2012
Charlotte, USA 6 712 (31) 1236 (2 ) 1180 (7) 2224 (5) 5352
13 /22 (2 :10.50) (11 :34.10)
National Selection Competition #3 ()
21/01/2012
Bath, ENG 1 940 (5) 1252 (1 ) 1180 (10) 1896 (1)
28 /16 (2 :9.06) (12 :46.30)
National Selection Competition #2 & British Championships ()
17/12/2011
Bath, ENG 3 968 (3) 1228 (2 ) 1180 (4) 1648 (5)
18 /9 (2 :11.25) (13 :58.67)
National Selection Competition #1 ()
03/12/2011
Bath, ENG 2 968 (5) 1240 (1 ) 1144 (10) 1892 (6)
19 /10 (2 :10.04) (12 :57.54)
Selection Competition #2 ()
15/01/2011
Bath, ENG 2 984 (4) 1228 (1 ) 1140 (8) 1688 (5)
33 /15 (2 :11.28) (13 :48.11)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket prices:

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

Relay Sessions - £10

Finals - £14

Weekend ticket  - £21

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

Relay Sessions - £8

Finals – £12

Weekend ticket - £18

See Three (Ride, Run & Shoot Ticket)

Relay Sessions - £6

Finals - £10

Weekend ticket - £15

 

 

Youth Olympic Games Live Schedule Thursday, 21st Aug 2014 Eleanor Guest

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

Samantha features on Pointless Celebrities Thursday, 14th Feb 2013 Steve Ballinger

Olympic silver medal winning modern pentathlete Samantha Murray features on Saturday’s edition of the BBC quiz show Pointless Celebrities.

Samantha teams up with rower Pete Reed for the quiz, which tests the depth of contestants’ general knowledge.

The other teams are Martin Offiah and Phil Tufnell, Mark Bright and Martin Peter, and John Parrott and Hazel Irvine.

The show, which is hosted by Alexander Armstrong, is on BBC One at 6pm on Saturday (16 February).

Samantha won Britain’s last medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games when she took silver on the final day of the Games.

She became the fifth British woman to win an Olympic modern pentathlon medal since the sport for women was added to the Olympic programme in 2000.

Joy that Modern Pentathlon is set for 2020 Olympics Tuesday, 12th Feb 2013 Steve Ballinger

Britain’s pentathletes have welcomed news that the sport of modern pentathlon has been named as a core sport for the 2020 Olympic Games.
 
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee today agreed on the list of 25 core sports it will propose to the IOC Session in September for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Modern pentathlon features on the list, despite some speculation that it might drop off the Olympic programme. The IOC Session meets in Buenos Aires in September to finalize the sports that will feature at the 2020 Games.

Modern pentathlon celebrated the centenary of its first appearance at the Olympics last year, having making its Olympic debut at Stockholm in 1912.  Pierre De Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, was an admirer of pentathlon at the ancient Olympics and championed the introduction of the modern pentathlon to the modern Olympics.
 
Today Samantha Murray, silver medallist for Great Britain at London 2012, said she was joyful and relieved by today’s announcement.
 
“I’m elated, joyful and relieved by the decision,” she said. “I feel so passionate about the modern pentathlon and I’m so pleased that the IOC has recognized the value of the sport.
 
“I’m sure Baron Pierre De Coubertin would be smiling in his grave right now.”
 
She added: “It’s really sad news for wrestling and I feel for everyone involved in the sport."
 
Mhairi Spence, Britain’s reigning modern pentathlon world champion, said: “I’m relieved. We’ve got a lot of strong young athletes coming through and to think they might not have had the motivation of the Olympic Games would have been hard to swallow. That motivation really spurred me on to achieve things and I’m glad the dream is still alive for them.”
 
Heather Fell, who won silver for Great Britain at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, said: “It’s fantastic news. Modern pentathlon epitomizes what the Olympics is about and the Olympics are the biggest event on the sport's calendar by far.”
 
Jon Austin, Chief Executive of Pentathlon GB, said: "This is still subject to a final decision at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, but it’s great news. I’m extremely happy with the decision. It’s terrific news for everyone in pentathlon community.”
 
Speaking on behalf of the Pentathlon GB Board, Chairman Anthony Temple QC, said: “Though the matter has to be approved by the IOCsession from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina this is great news for our sport, for us at Pentathlon GB and for our future. It’s great news!"

Assurance for the Future Tuesday, 12th Feb 2013 Alexia Jones

Assurance for the future

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The 25 sports include modern pentathlon.

 

(The EB recommended that wrestling, governed by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), not be included on the list of core sports. Wrestling will now join the seven shortlisted sports – baseball/softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu – vying for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic programme as an additional sport.)

 

Though the matter has to be approved by the IOC session from 7 to 10 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina this is great news for our sport, for us at Pentathlon GB and for our future.

Great news!

 

Tony Temple – for the Board 

Mhairi Spence - Life after London 2012 Friday, 25th Jan 2013 Alexia Jones

Olympic Pentathlete Mhairi Spence reveals the heartache she suffered post London 2012, and how a once in a lifetime trip to Australia got her back into trainig and fighting fit.

Click here for full interview

Samantha photo voted the pick of 2012 Tuesday, 8th Jan 2013 Steve Ballinger

A stunning photograph of Britain’s Samantha Murray taking part in the London 2012 Olympic fencing competition has been voted modern pentathlon photo of the year for 2012.
 
The photo taken by Paul Roberts, shows Samantha celebrating victory in one of her fencing bouts at the Copper Box and captures the passion and emotion that the sport can generate.
 
Samantha had to show grit and determination after losing her opening seven bouts in the fencing discipline. But she battled back to come 16th in the fencing, putting her on a firmer footing to go on and win the silver medal.
 
She went on to become the fifth British woman modern pentathlete to medal at an Olympic Games since the sport for women was introduced at Sydney 2000.
 
Thousands of people took part in the online pool on the UIPM’s website with 20 photos being considered. Some 51 per cent of voters chose the picture of Samantha.
 
Some 51 per cent of the thousands of people who voted for the 20 photos in the online poll on the UIPM’s website voted for Paul’s picture.
 
Paul said: “The images I got of Sam celebrating getting her fencing back on track captures a small part of the drama that unfolded in the Copper Box. Only as the day went on did the significance of that victory celebration become clear!
 
“It was a roar only beaten by the crowds roar a few hours later when Sam ran back into Greenwich Park in the silver medal position.”
And Samantha also said she was pleased that Paul’s photo of her topped the poll. "It's a real honour to have been voted as picture of the year by the public and pentathlon fans,” she said. “I don't think it’s the best photo, but it reflects my determination to win an Olympic medal. I hope it can inspire some young athletes to follow their dreams.

“Most of all it's really cool that people voted. Thank you to everyone who took part and also for Paul Roberts for his great images from this season.  I can't remember what I was thinking when this image was taken, but I know that I was in fierce fighting mode and wasn't going to give anything away after coming back from a seven-defeat start."

To see some of Paul’s work, please go to robertssportsphoto.com
 

 

Samantha is named Olympic Athlete of the Year Thursday, 13th Dec 2012 Steve Ballinger

Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray was named winner of the British Modern Pentathlon Olympic Athlete of the Year Award.
 
Murray was presented with the award at a Pentathlon GB dinner in Bath last night (Wednesday) at the end of a stunning year that saw her capture her first World Cup medal, as well as medals at both the World Championships and the Olympics.
 
The climax to her year came on Sunday 12 August when Murray crossed the finish line in second place behind Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite at Greenwich Park to take the Olympic silver medal. It was Britain’s 65th and last medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
 
Murray, who has combined training and competing with studying for a degree in French and Politics at the University of Bath, ends the year at number three in the senior world rankings and she topped the 2012 World Cup rankings. That was a meteoric rise from the 78th place in the rankings in February.
 
Murray just missed out on her first World Cup medal in Hungary in April, finishing fourth, but won bronze a week later in the 4th World Cup of the year in Russia.
 
She followed that up with bronze at the 2012 World Championships in Rome – an event that saw team-mate Mhairi Spence crowned the World Champion.
 
And then came that epic day in London in August, as Murray followed in the footsteps of Steph Cook, Kate Allenby, Georgina Harland and Heather Fell to become the fifth British woman to win an Olympic Modern Pentathlon medal.
 
Murray received the Athlete of the Year trophy, provided by the British Olympic Association.
 
A range of other prizes were presented to athletes at last night’s awards.
 
Mhairi Spence, Britain’s 2012 World Champion, received the inaugural Outstanding Performance of the Year Award. That was awarded for her success in becoming Britain’s first individual modern pentathlon World Champion since Steph Cook in 2001.
 
And Thomas Toolis received the Newcomer of the Year Award for making the biggest improvement in his first year training at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre.  The Newcomer of the Year trophy was donated by Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Georgina Harland.
 
Heather Fell received the European Championships award after finishing sixth at this year’s championships.
 
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “If you take the men’s and the women’s results, it’s probably fair to say we haven’t had a better year as a team. We had a strong year in 2001, but that was only from the girls.
 
“As a step in the evolution of the programme, we have reached another milestone in 2012,” he added. “It’s something the next generation must aspire to, they’ve been given a hard act to follow.”
 
He also made a presentation to Katy Livingston to mark her retirement as an athlete. Her career included a seventh place finish at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, an individual bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, a gold medal at the 2008 World Cup in Egypt and a silver in Russia in 2007.
 
She also contributed to many team medals, including team relay gold at the 2007 World Championships, a team silver at the 2006 World Championships and a team relay bronze at the 2012 World Championships.
 
Bartu said: “Katy started from scratch and became a member of the family here. She was a good, reliable team member and a pleasure to have around. We’d like to wish her the best of luck for the future.”
 
Bartu also made a presentation to Dominic Mahony, who has been the Team Manager from 1998 contributing to the team success in four consecutive Olympic cycles, and thanked Jon Austin, Chief Executive of Pentathlon GB, the Performance team, English Institute of Sport staff and Pentathlon GB office staff for their support during the year.

For some photos from the evening, please visit the Pentathlon GB Facebook site.
 

2013 UIPM Desktop Calendar for Sale Friday, 7th Dec 2012 Alexia Jones

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Silver Samantha to be guest of honour at civic reception Wednesday, 22nd Aug 2012 Steve Ballinger

Olympic silver medal winning modern pentathlete Samantha Murray will be one of the guests of honour at a civic reception in her home town of Clitheroe in Lancashire on Saturday (25 August),
 
Ribble Valley Borough Council is holding the reception and Mayor Councillor Ian Sayers will welcome Murray and canoeist Jon Schofield, also is also originally from Clitheroe and won bronze at London 2012.
 
After the reception at Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber, the pair will take part in a victory parade at the head of the Clitheroe torchlight procession.
 
Murray grew up in Clitheroe but now lives in Bath, where she combines training at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre with studying for a degree in French and Politics at the University of Bath.
 
The Ribble Valley Mayor will present the pair of Olympic medallists with commemorative glass plaques to mark their achievements at Saturday's reception.
 
Mayor Ian Sayers said: “Ribble Valley Borough Council is immensely proud to have supported these two fine young athletes over the years and thrilled to be giving them the homecoming they so richly deserve.
 
“For them both to have won medals is an outstanding achievement and I anticipate a huge turnout for their victory parade at the head of the torchlight procession on Saturday.”
 
Torchlight processions are only held in Clitheroe to mark major national events, this year’s marking the London Olympics and diamond jubilee of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. The procession will see over 60 floats process through the town from 7.45pm.
 
Murray’s silver medal was GB’s last medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the fifth Olympic medal won by a GB woman since the modern pentathlon for women made its Olympic debut at the Sydney 2000 Games.
 
For further information about modern pentathlon please go to the Pentathlon GB website at www.pentathlongb.org , follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/pentathlongb or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/PentathlonGB
 
There are plenty of ways to get into modern pentathlon before tackling a full pentathlon. Pentathlon GB also runs a range of competitions in biathlon (a separate run and swim), biathle (a continuous run, swim and run), triathlon (a shoot, swim and run) and tetrathlon (shooting, swimming, riding and running). For more information go to https://www.pentathlongb.org/performance/olympics.php?tab=8
 
For further information about Pentathlon GB members of the media can contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 07765 071683 or 01225 383518.
 

Olympic Venues for Modern Pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon is one of the most complex competitions to be organised at The Games. 5 sports at 3 venues completed across both sides of the River Thames, all in one day.

The first two events are undertaken at new venues on Olympic Park. The riding, running and shooting will take place in a temporary venue at Greenwich Park, one of the most iconic venues of the Games.

  • The Copper Box
  • Aquatics Centre
  • Greenwich Park

London 2012 - The Copper Box

The Copper Box gets its name from the top half of the venue which is clad in 3,000 square metres of external copper cladding - mostly recycled - to give it a unique appearance that will develop a rich natural colour as it ages.

The venue was designed and built with sustainability as a priority. Among its many innovative features, the roof of the Copper Box is fitted with 88 light pipes that allow natural light into the venue, reducing the demand for electric lights. This will achieve annual energy savings of up to 40%.

The glazed concourse level that encircles the building will allow visitors after the Games to see the sport taking place inside and illuminating the venue when lit at night.

After the Games the Copper Box will be managed by GLL, which operates many other sporting venues in and around London, when it will be used for a wide range of sports and events.

For more information about the venue, take a virtual tour, find out how to get there and more, see the London 2012 website.

London 2012 Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid and is quite breathtaking in appearance. It is one of the permanent venues specially constructed for London 2012.

It forms part of the gateway to the Olympic Park - more than two-thirds of spectators will enter the Park at the south-east corner via a bridge that forms part of the venue's roof.

The venue features a 50m competition pool, a 25m competition diving pool, a 50m warm-up pool and a 'dry' warm-up area for divers. It will have a Games time capacity of 17,500 although significantly fewer tickets will be sold for the Modern Pentathlon.

After the Games the two 'wings' will be removed and the building is set to become one of the iconic buildings of the Olympic Park in legacy, when it will be managed by GLL, the same company which operates Crystal Palace and many other sporting venues in and around London.

For more information about the venue, watch it being built, find out how to get there and more, see the London 2012 website.

London 2012 Greenwich Park at Games time

Greenwich Park is London's oldest Royal Park, dating back to 1433, and is part of the Greenwich World Heritage site and home to the Prime Meridian Line. Covering approximately 183 acres and located just 20 minutes from central London, the park offers sweeping views across the River Thames to St Paul's Cathedral and beyond.

It is a truly magical venue and will be where the last Gold medal of the Games, the women' Modern Pentathlon, will be awarded, shortly before the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

A 23,000 seat temporary stadium is being built in front of the Queen's House using a raised platform for the riding arena. The shooting range will be built in the arena after the equestrian events have finished and the running course will be partly in the arena and partly in the park.

This promises to be a memorable event for spectator and athlete alike.

For more information about the venue, find out how to get there and more, see the London 2012 website.




The 5 disciplines of Modern Pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon comprises five disparate disciplines; fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and embraced the spirit of the Pentathlon of the ancient Greek Games, where the five sports were running, jumping, javelin, discus and wrestling.

In the 100 years since the event was introduced it has undergone many changes of format, the most recent of which was in 2009 when the shooting and running were put together into a 'Combined Event'. This was followed in 2011 with lasers replacing lead pellets as the 'projectile'.

  • Fencing
  • Swimming
  • Riding
  • Combined Event

Basics:

Athletes fence all other competitors once using electric epees. Bouts are fenced for one hit and last a maximum of one minute. Double hits do not count. If neither fencer has scored a hit within the time limit, both athletes score a defeat.

Format:

Modern Pentathlon Fencing

  • Pentathletes rotate around the fencing salle in pairs;
  • Athletes fence their team partner first and then fence all other competitors once using electric epees.
  • Bouts are fenced for one hit and last a maximum of one minute.
  • They must stay within the boundary of their fencing piste at all times during a bout.
  • To win a bout, fencers must make contact with any part of their opponent’s body with the tip of the epee.
  • A buzzer will sound when a hit has been made and a light on the scoreboard for that piste indicates who has won.
  • Double hits do not count, the system is re-set and the bout continues for the remainder of the minute.
  • If neither fencer has scored a hit within the time limit, both athletes will record a defeat.

Scoring:

25 bouts won corresponds to 1000 pentathlon points with each victory or defeat worth 24 pentathlon points.

Olympic Venue: The Copper Box

Format:

Modern Pentathlon World Championships Swimming

A 200m freestyle swim, where the athletes are seeded in heats according their personal best times. At the Olympics there will be 4 heats with each heat completing 4 lengths of the pool. It is the quickest element of the event, with each heat lasting only about 2 minutes.

Scoring:

The times that the swimmers achieve are translated into pentathlon points. A time of 2minutes 30seconds equates to 1000 pentathlon points. Every third of a second above or below this time equals plus or minus four pentathlon points.

Olympic Venue: Aquatics Centre


Format:

Mhairi Spence at the 2012 World Championships

  • In Modern Pentathlon, the athletes ride unfamiliar horses brought in by the organisers for the event.
  • The leading athlete after the previous disciplines draws their horse by lot. On the basis of this draw, the other horses (which have been previously numbered) are allocated to the other competitors.
  • The athletes have just 20 minutes in the warm-up arena to get to know their horse and take them over five practice jumps before coming out to compete.
  • The ride course features a series of 12 show-jumping obstacles which include a double and a treble at a height of 1m 20cm.
  • The athlete must complete the course within the optimum time to avoid time penalties.
  • Each horse is ridden by two pentathletes during the competition.

Scoring:

Competitors start with a base score of 1,200 pentathlon points. Points are then deducted for faults as follows:

  • 20 points for each fence knocked down ;
  • 40 points for a refusal;
  • 60 points for falling off or for knocking down a fence during a refusal;
  • 4 points for every second over the optimum time for the course.
  • Riders are eliminated if they fall twice or take longer than twice the optimum time set for the course;

Olympic Venue: Greenwich Park

Format:

Nick Woodbridge at the 2009 World Championships

  • The climax of the competition where athletes run a total distance of 3000m and shoot at 15 targets.
  • The combined event begins with a handicapped start, calculated on the basis of the results after the previous events, with each 4 points being worth one second of handicap.
  • The athlete with the most pentathlon points after the swim, fence and ride starts first.
  • Once given their start signal, the athletes run to the range where they aim to hit five targets.
  • Athletes use precision laser pistols to shoot at electronic targets. Lights are illuminated green each time they score a hit.
  • Only after having hit 5 targets with an unlimited number of shots OR after a time of 1 minute 10 seconds elapses can the competitor leave the firing point to perform each running leg of 1000m.
  • This is repeated twice more before the athletes cross the finish line at the end of the third 1000m circuit.

Scoring:

Because of the handicapped start, the winner of the competition is simply the first person to cross the finish line.

The athletes are awarded 2,000 pentathlon points based on an optimum time of 12 minutes 30 seconds with each second worth 4 points.

Olympic Venue: Greenwich Park



The Competition Schedule

Please note these schedules are subject to change. Please check the London 2012 website for up to date information.

BBC have indicated that every event will be covered in full by using red button channels. We will publish broadcast information when it becomes available.

  • Men
    11th August
  • Women
    12th August
Wenlock in Modern Pentathlon mode
Discpline Venue Start Time Finish Time
Fencing The Copper Box 08:45 11:45
Swimming Aquatics Centre 13:20 13:50
Riding Greenwich Park 14:20 17:50
Combined Event Greenwich Park 18:45 19:10
Medal Ceremony Greenwich Park 19:30 19:45
Modern Pentathlon Stamp for London 2012
Discpline Venue Start Time Finish Time
Fencing The Copper Box 08:00 11:00
Swimming Aquatics Centre 12:35 13:05
Riding Greenwich Park 14:35 17:10
Combined Event Greenwich Park 18:00 18:25
Medal Ceremony Greenwich Park 18:40 18:55

The women's event starts slightly earlier than the men's because it needs to be completed before the Closing Ceremony begins.


How to get involved

Getting started in Modern Pentathlon can seem a bit daunting. After all, I have got to be able to compete at five events to be able to take part, right?

Absolutely not!!

The Modern Pentathlon Association arranges events for just two disciplines, run and swim (Biathlon and Biathle) through to competitions involving all five disciplines which make up the Modern Pentathlon.

In addition, Pentathlon GB runs a series of biathlon (run, swim) competitions especially for schools each year, leading to a British Championships. In fact, now is a great time to start planning your involvement in the 2012-13 series. All the information you could want is on the Schools section of our website. If this doesn't answer you queries then call the office on 01225 386808 or email us at schools@pentathlongb.org.

Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run discpline at which GBR excels. Training and competitions take place all over the country and we have a section on the website which is devoted to Biathle.

Each of these sections of the website have their own calendars where you can find details of competitions and training days. In addition some clubs have their own training regular training nights.

University students have the opportunity to get involved at Biathlon or Pentathlon through the annual BUCS competitions which take place in March each year. Their website will provide you with more information.

If you live in the Midlands, the following may be of interest to you.

Coventry

Regular Tuesday Club at Bablake School in Coventry, from 4-6pm. We have places for children aged 9-11 and 12-14. Each week you will run for an hour and swim for an hour with professional, CRB checked coaches. The sessions are £3.50 for the 2 hours. Interested? Contact: peter.evans@pentathlongb.org to book a place.

Wombourne, Nr. Wolverhampton

Regular Thursday Club at Ounsdale School in Wombourne, near Wolverhampton, from 3-4:30pm. We have places for children aged 9-11 and 12-14. Each week you will run for 45 minutes and swim for 45 minutes with professional, CRB checked coaches. The sessions are £2.00 for the 1 hour 30 mins. If you are interested, contact: peter.evans@pentathlongb.org to book a place.


Want to find out a bit more about Modern Pentathlon? Check out these 28 facts which you may not know about our sport.

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Only two pentathletes have ever won the Olympic title twice. Lars Hall (SWE) won in 1952 and 1956 and Andrei Moiseev (RUS) won in 2004 and 2008.

Moiseev is hoping to win an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title in London in 2012.

Women did not compete in the Olympic Games until 2000. Steph Cook won Gold at those Games and Kate Allenby took the Bronze medal.

GBR have won 4 out a possible 6 medals at the Games since the sport was opened to them at Olympic level.

The oldest competitor in Modern Pentathlon at the Games was Carl Paulsen (GER) who at 53 competed at Stockholm in 1912. However, since he dropped out after the opening shooting event, he didn’t have time to show his remarkable ‘evidence of elasticity at that age’ mentioned in the local press of the time.

Only one pentathlete has competed in five Olympics. Peter Macken (AUS) took part in the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

2012 will mark the centenary of the Modern Pentathlon being introduced into the Games by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games.

In 1912 Sweden took gold, silver and bronze.

The sport embraces the spirit of the Pentathlon of the ancient Greek Games, where the five sports were running, jumping, javelin, discus and wrestling. The winner of the Pentathlon was considered to be the best all round sportsman and considered the 'victor ludorum'.

The men's modern pentathlon competition at London 2012 will be the first time that laser pistols have been used at an Olympic Games.

London 2012 will also see the sport's new climax, the run/shoot (also known as the combined event) feature at an Olympic Games for the first time.

Lasse Hall (SWE) won the first of his two individual gold medals in 1952 but he had some luck: his first horse went lame and he re-drew the best horse in the competition, picking the lucky ball from six in the bag. He also turned up late for his shooting event but a team protest had sufficiently delayed proceedings for him to be able to shoot.

The most comfortable Olympic victory was by Wille Grut (SWE) in 1948. In those days, points were given for your position in each event, the lowest scorer to complete all five events being the winner. Grut amassed a total of only 16, 31 placing points ahead of the silver medallist. He won three of the five events outright - riding, swimming and fencing.

Latvian competitors will be making history at London 2012. Both Denis Cerkovskis and Elena Rublevska will be competing in their fourth consecutive Olympic Modern Pentathlon event.

Sheila Taormina (USA), at 39, was the oldest female competitor at the Olympics. In 2008 in Beijing, she was competing in her fourth Olympics in her third sport. In 1996 she was a gold medallist in the swimming relay and in 2000 and 2004 she competed in Triathlon. In Beijing she won two events (swimming and riding) but won only 4 of her 35 bouts in the fencing.

Key Dates

  • UIPM Olympic final ranking list announced 1st June
  • BOA announces the Modern Pentathlon team for the Games on 8th June
  • Athletes and teams arrive from 16 July 2012
  • Sport Information Centre and Village operational from 16 July - 15 August 2012
  • Modern Pentathlon Training venues open from 27 July 2012 - 12 August 2012
  • Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 27 July 2012
  • Olympic Games Closing ceremony 12 August 2012

The women's modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the last be the last medals of the Games - providing a fitting climax to the sporting action at the biggest event on the global sports calendar.

Only Great Britain has been represented at all 22 Olympic outings so far. Just behind (on 21) are Sweden, France, Italy and USA.

The pentathlete with the most Olympic medals is Pavel Lednev of the USSR. Between 1968 and 1980 he won seven medals, one silver and three bronze medals in the individual event and two gold and a silver in the team event.

No startlingly old pentathletes have won the Olympic event. The oldest at 34 was Andras Balczo (HUN) who won in Munich in 1972. Wille Grut (SWE) was 33 when he won in London in 1948 and Johan Oxenstierna (SWE) was 32 when he won in Los Angeles in 1932. All the other winners have been in their twenties.

The oldest woman to win was Steph Cook (GBR) in Sydney in 2000 at the ripe old age of 28! The average age of all 22 male champions is 26.73 years and of the 3 female champions, 25.6 years.

When the Modern Pentathlon was first introduced it took place over 5 days.

Since Atlanta in 1996 the competition has been completed in a single day.

People involved in the Games

A huge number of people are needed to make the Modern Pentathlon event work at the Olympic Games.

  • 72 athletes (36 men and 36 women)
  • 3 Technical Delegates (TDs)
  • 25 International Technical Officials (ITOs)
  • 65 National Technical Officials (NTOs)
  • 150 + Games Maker Volunteers
  • c. 26 LOCOG paid staff dedicated to Modern Pentathlon
  • c. 7,000 LOCOG paid staff in total
  • c. 23,000 spectators at Greenwich Park

Modern Pentathlon was created especially for the Olympics. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Olympics by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and embraced the spirit of the Pentathlon of the ancient Greek Games, where the five sports were running, jumping, javelin, discus and wrestling.

At the inaugural competition, Sweden took gold, silver and bronze.

The youngest ever competitor at the Olympics was Aya Medany (EGY) who was only 15 at the time of her debut in 2004. No flash in the pan, Aya remains one of the leading pentathlon women at the 2012 Games.

The youngest ever gold medallist was Anatoli Starostin (URS) who, at only 20 years old, won the 1980 Moscow title.

1912 is the only occasion when competitors have been allowed to ride their own horses in the riding event.

The two great Soviet Union competitors, Igor Novikov and Pavel Lednev each won the World Championship four times but neither ever achieved an individual Olympic gold medal.

Until the 1996 Olympics, the Modern Pentathlon had always been the first Olympic event to take place in the programme. From the advent of the One Day Event in 1996, it has changed to being the final Olympic event.

The countries with the most Olympic medals are Sweden and Hungary who each have won 21 medals (including 9 gold). In third place is the Soviet Union with 15 medals. However, since the break-up of the Soviet empire, former members of that union have won a further 13 medals.

Only two British pentathletes have competed in four Olympic Games each –Jim Fox (1964, 1968, 1972, 1976) and Richard Phelps (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996).

Only four women have competed in every Olympic event so far (2000, 2004, 2008) They are Paulina Boenisz (POL), Tatiana Muratova (RUS), Zsuzsa Vörös (HUN) and Elena Rublevska (LAT).

Rublevska is hoping to participate in her fourth Olympics in London 2012.

Vaho Yagorashvili competed in Modern Pentathlon at three different Olympic Games representing three different countries – USSR (1988), Georgia (1996) and USA (2004).

Sheila Taormina (USA) who competed in the 2008 Olympic Modern Pentathlon event, represented the USA in three different sports over four Olympic outings. She won a gold medal in the swimming relay in 1996. She then represented the USA in Triathlon in 2000 and 2004.

Her entry in the Modern Pentathlon in Beijing broke two records –as well as her multiple sports achievement, she was also, at 39, the oldest woman competitor ever in Olympic Modern Pentathlon.

In 1932 in Los Angeles, Johan Oxenstierna (SWE), the eventual winner, was arrested by the local police for practising shooting in the local woods before the shooting event. He persuaded the policeman to come to the competition range and, once there, managed to convince him that he was shooting for good reasons.