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Great Britain strongly placed to continue Modern Pentathlon success

Posted on Wednesday, 19th Dec 2012 by Steve Ballinger

Great Britain is in a strong position to continue its impressive Olympic track record in Modern Pentathlon following funding award announcements by UK Sport and Sport England.

UK Sport announced Pentathlon GB will receive £6.9 million over 2013-17, an increase on the figure for the London 2012 cycle.

The funding will support Pentathlon GB’s performance programme in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This programme has already generated five medals in the last four Olympic Games, supporting the World Class Programme that is one of the most successful in the country.
 
Pentathlon GB will also receive £900,000 in Whole Sport funding from Sport England over the same period, which will be used to enhance the pathway for talented athletes and increase opportunities to take part in and stay involved with Modern Pentathlon.
 
Jon Austin, Chief Executive of Pentathlon GB, said:
 
"We are pleased with both awards. They demonstrate the confidence that UK Sport and Sport England have in what we are doing and commit to do in the future.  We have delivered medals at each of the last four Olympic Games and a string of impressive results at major championships since the Beijing Olympics.
 
"The awards are broadly in line with our funding through the last Olympic cycle and put us in a sound position for the next four years. They create stability to build on our past successes through to and beyond Rio and to attract more people of all abilities to become involved in and be part of our sport -  which is what we will do."
 
 
Additional notes
 
Samantha Murray’s silver medal the London 2012 Olympics was the fifth medal won by a British woman pentathlete since the sport for women made its Olympic debut at Sydney 2000. Steph Cook won gold and Kate Allenby bronze at Sydney. Georgina Harland took bronze at the Athens Games in 2004. Heather Fell won silver in Beijing four years ago.
 
The men’s results at London 2012 were also Britain’s best Olympic performances for two decades with Nick Woodbridge finishing 10th and Sam Weale 13th, following Graham Brookhouse’s eighth in Barcelona in 1992.
 
Mhairi Spence won gold at the 2012 World Championships, with Samantha Murray taking bronze. Heather Fell won silver at the World Cup Final.
 
The Sport England funding will enable Pentathlon GB to enhance its English talent programme and expand competition and participation opportunities, including through a range of multisport competitions (biathlon, modern triathlon, tetrathlon, and biathle).
 
For further information members of the media can contact the Pentathlon GB press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or by email at steve@matchtight.co.uk


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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.