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Biathle Successes at The World Championships in Dubai

Posted on Monday, 5th Nov 2012 by Howard Jones

Dubai and 2012 proved another very successful Biathle World Championships for the British team. Competing against 317 athletes from 24 different nations, the team topped the medal table with 21 individual medals and 11 winning teams.

For the first time in its 14 years history, the number of entries for the World Championships meant that heats and finals were utilised for the classes with the largest entries. This applied to Youths E Girls, Youth D, Youth C and Youth B Boys. The format of the day looked very different with the heats starting at 07:15 and the finals during the afternoon.

The first criterion for the team were to get as many athletes through to the final as possible which we managed to great aplomb. The first 4 from each of the two heats and the next fastest four losers would make it through to the finals. All our youth E girls qualified for the final and Emily McNeil went on to gain the silver medal. Similarly all our youth D boys made the final and Josh Ablett was placed second in the final with Jed Skilton third and with Shea Hannam in 6thplace took the team gold. Just 4 of our youth D girls made the final with Jessica Brown just missing out on a medal in 4thplace.

In one of the strongest age groups four of our Youth C boys made the final and they were rewarded with a win in for Robert Etherington and a bronze medal for Harrison Yarnold. Sam Matthews in 8thplace helped secure team gold. All of our Youth C girls made it through to the final where Georgia Hannam and Jessica Chapman finished second and third for more medals. Paris Allen in 5thplace confirmed another team gold.   The final heats were the youth B Boys and again all went through to the final. Robert Lightowler stormed to victory and the gold medal with Oscar Esposti, William Eccleston and Alexander Allen packing well for 4th, 5thand 6th ensuring yet another team gold.  The youth E boys event was the first straight final and Conor Jelley upheld British honours with a fine race to third place and a bronze medal.  The youth B girl’s event was the next straight finals with Imogen Pierce taking the bronze medal position just ahead of Victoria Halford 4thand Megan Lazenby 5th, the girls winning team gold medals.

Great Britain has always had a tremendous amount of success in the Masters categories and this year was no exception. Emphatic wins for John Hill and Mary Collett in the Masters C with Margaret Smith taking silver. In Masters B Barbara Holmes continued her dominant form with another excellent win and Jon Wood took a fine silver in the same category. Peter Collett continued his fine run of medal winning performances with a silver in the Master D category

Moving on to the longest distance races, Youth A, Junior and Senior, Britain was again blessed with some excellent results. Sean Watson took a closely fought second place in the youth A with Jonathon Dudley and Adam Weightman 5thand 6th. In the Girls race, no individual medals but our girls took the team gold.

Melissa Courtney took gold in the Junior ladies ahead of Carline Lambert in silver position and along with Hannah Parkinson in 4thtook the team gold  medal. The Junior Men’s race was dominated by a 1, 2, 3 by the Czech Republic athletes and only James Fountain could get anywhere near them in  fourth place and with Matthew Nelson and Gareth Allen 6thand 7thtook the silver team medal.

The final races of the day were the senior races, both with strong fields. The ladies race boasted two past British World Champions, Nicola Roder from 2011 and Rachel Jones from 2010 as well as previous senior World Champion Emma Davies from Ireland. The reigning Junior World Champion, Petra Kurikova from the Czech Republic had decided to move up an age group and compete in the Senior race. A decision which proved to be the right one. After a hectic first run, once into the swim, Kurikova took the lead from Davies and Jones and they started the final run in that order. On the second lap Jones overtook Davies and, although catching Kurikova was unable to do so before the line leaving Petra Kurikova to win by just six seconds and take the step up from Junior World Champion to Senior World Champion. Rachel Jones took silver, Emma Davies finished third for the bronze medal and with Natalie Thomas 5thand Nicola Roder 6th Britain took team gold.

The Climax of the day was the Senior men’s race with Olympians and  World Champions in various disciplines making up the 23 strong field.  Thomas Svoboda was competing watched on by his brother David  as well as Olympian Nicol Benedetti from Italy and Britain’s three time Biathle World Champion Richard Stannard. The first run was a very torrid affair with Stannard entering the water in 5thplace. However by the third buoy he was in the lead. His marvellous expertise in the water brought him back into transition well ahead of the opposition.  He held on to his lead to the finish, winning by 11 seconds from the fast charging Juan Domingez of Argentina and Thomas Svoboda of the Czech Republic, just 1 second apart. Richard Stannard along with Gregan Clarkson 7thand Nick Tipper 10thtook the gold team medals for Britain.

Well done to the whole team, once again a truly successful event for GBR and a suggestion that it will be Alexandria in Egypt for us to travel to for the 2013 Championships.

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Biathle World Championships Medal Table Dubai 2012
Country Total Gold Silver Bronze
Ind Team Ind Team Ind Team Ind Team
Great Britain 21 18 7 11 9 5 5 2
South Africa 18 7 8 5 5 2 5 0
Czech Republic 5 1 2 1 1 0 2 0
UAE 4 5 1 0 1 2 2 3
Egypt 4 3 1 0 2 1 1 2
Germany 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
France 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Portugal 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cyprus 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Namibia 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Argentina 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
Austria 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
India 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3


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Friday, 18th Apr 2014 2014-04-18 Britain’s French secures career best World Cup finish

Britain’s Kate French achieved the highest Modern Pentathlon World Cup finish of her career to date when she came sixth in China today (Friday).
 
The 23-year-old, ranked 18th in the world, crossed the finish line just six seconds off the bronze medal position at the competition in Chengdu.
 
Team-mate Samantha Murray finished 29th with Freyja Prentice not taking part in the fun/shoot due to an ankle injury. She had been 13th after the ride.
 
Today’s performance was the latest in a string of impressive performances from French, originally from Kent but now training at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
She came 10th in the individual competitions at both World and European Championships last year and was runner-up at last month’s Swiss International in Bern and at this month’s International Budapest Cup.
 
French and Prentice won 19 bouts fencing bouts apiece today to share 12th place with 214 pentathlon points, while Murray won 17 of her 35 fencing contests putting her in 16th place with 202 points.
 
Murray clocked the quickest swim time of the day with a 200m freestyle time of 2:11.00 to add 308 points to her total, promoting her to eighth. French’s 2:21.11 was the 19th fastest of the day, putting her 13th going into the ride, while Prentice’s 2:26.25 saw her drop to 21st.
 
Murray went clear in the ride, but sustained eight time penalties to give her 292 points, putting her fifth going into the run/shoot. She started the run/shoot 27 seconds behind Russia’s event leader Alise Fakhrutdinova.
 
French dropped 12 points from the maximum riding score to go into the run/shoot in 10th, 50 seconds behind the leader, while Prentice’s riding performance – dropping just eight points – pushed her back up the leaderboard into 13th.
 
Prentice, who had been troubled by an ankle injury in Wednesday’s qualifiers, decided against tackling the run/shoot.
 
And while Murray’s Chendgu campaign faltered and she dropped down the field, French went on to achieve her highest World Cup finish yet. Her run/shoot time of 13:19.21 was the sixth best of the day. She crossed the finish line six seconds behind bronze medallist Wanxia Liang, a second behind Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs and alongside Mina Jeong of South Korea, who just edged fifth.

Qian Chen, China's world number three, won gold with Poland's Oktawia Nowacka taking silver.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Chengdu World Cup results
Gold: Qian Chen (CHN) – 1333 points
Silver: Oktawia Nowacka (POL) – 1300 points
Bronze: Wanxia Liang (CHN) – 1286 points
4th: Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) – 1281 points
5th: Mina Jeong (KOR) – 1280 points
6th: Kate French (GBR) – 1280 points
29th: Samantha Murray (GBR) – 1165 points
36th: Freyja Prentice (GBR) – 768 points (did not contest run/shoot)
 
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
 
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
 
GB team for Chengdu
 
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
 
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath
 

Steve Ballinger
Thursday, 17th Apr 2014 2014-04-17 GB men miss out on final berths at Chengdu World Cup

The young British men’s team have missed out on places in Saturday’s final at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in China. 

Twenty-year-old Sam Curry came agonisingly close to clinching a place in the final at only his fourth World Cup competition.
 
The top-12 athletes from each of the two semis automatically progress along with the next 12 highest points scores from the two semis.
 
Curry finished 18th in semi-final A and his points total of 1080 was the joint 12th highest among the athletes who didn’t automatically qualify, along with Lukas Kontrimavicius of Lithuania. But the Lithuanian’s better run/shoot time in semi-final B saw him secure the last spot in the men’s final on Saturday.
 
Curry was sixth after the fencing in semi-final A and climbed to ninth with a 200m freestyle swim time of 2:05.82. He dropped to 18th in the run/shoot.
 
Twenty-year-old Luke Tasker, competing at his first World Cup, finished 31st in the same semi. He was joint 19th after the fencing, produced the sixth fastest swim of the semi (2:02.92) to go into the run/shoot in 13th, but he dropped down the field.
 
Semi-final B started in the pool and Tom Toolis’ swim time of 2:04.56 put him eighth. He dropped down to 21st after the fencing and ended the day in the same spot.
 
Tomorrow (Friday) sees the women return to action in their final.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

Steve Ballinger
Wednesday, 16th Apr 2014 2014-04-16 GB trio through to Chengdu World Cup final

All three British women competing at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in China have progressed through to Friday’s final.
 
Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Samantha Murray all qualified from their semis in Chengdu today (Wednesday).
 
Prentice struggled with an ankle injury and a decision on her participation in the final will be taken on the day.
 
Istvan Nemeth, Women’s Head Coach for the British team, said: “The only goal in the semi-finals is to get into the final. They’ve achieved that today."
 
French, ranked 19th in the world, qualified comfortably from semi-final A, crossing the finishing line in third place, 11 seconds behind China’s Xiaonon Zhang and a second behind Russia’s Ekaterina Khuraskina.
 
Sixth after the fencing and fifth after the swim, she was able to make sure of a top-12 place that guaranteed a spot in Friday’s final.
 
Prentice finished 17th in semi A after an ankle injury hampered her efforts during the run/shoot. With the top-12 from each semi guaranteed places in the final along with the next 12 highest points scorers, she faced a wait to see if she had reached the final. Her points score was high enough to see her through.
 
Samantha Murray came home 14th in semi B. Eleventh after the fencing, she clocked the second fastest 200m swim of the semi with 2:11.26 to go into the run/shoot in fifth. She crossed the finish line in a bunch of athletes to safely qualify for Friday's final.
 
Russia’s Donata Rimsaite led the way home in semi-final B.
 
Tomorrow (Thursday), 20-year-old Luke Tasker makes his World Cup debut in the men’s heats. He goes in semi-final A. Sam Curry and Tom Toolis go in semi-final B.
 
Pentathlon GB is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon and has its National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
 
Chengdu World Cup schedule
(please note: Chengdu time is seven hours ahead of UK time)
 
Wednesday: 16 April: women’s heats
Thursday 17 April: men’s heats
Friday 18 April: women’s final
Saturday 19 April: men’s final
Sunday 20 April: mixed relay
 
GB team for Chengdu
 
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend – Bath
Samantha Murray – 25.09.89, Clitheroe, Lancashire – Bath
Freyja Prentice – 20.05.90, Inverurie, near Aberdeen - Bath
 
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Salfords, near Redhill – Bath
Luke Tasker – 28.01.94 – Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath
 

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

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

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

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