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Fell battles to top-10 finish

Posted on Sunday, 24th Feb 2013 by Steve Ballinger

Heather Fell, Britain’s Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist, produced a battling display to secure a top-10 finish at the opening Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year.

Fell was joint 27th after the fencing at World Cup 1 in Palm Springs, California, but fought her way through the field to end the day in ninth.

Team-mate Kate French came home in 19th place, with Katy Burke 21st and 18-year-old Jo Muir finishing 30th on her World Cup debut.

The British team return home with a bronze medal, won by 19-year-old Joe Evans in the men’s competition at his first World Cup.

It was Burke that made the brightest start of the Brits in the women’s final – she was joint 10th after the fencing with 19 wins from 35 contests to accumulate 856 points. French was equal 16th with 17 wins for 808 points, while Fell’s 15 victories put her joint 27th with 760 points and Muir’s six wins put her 36th.

Burke was the best of the Brits in the pool – her 200m freestyle time of 2:14.83 added 1184 points to her total, promoting her to seventh. Fell was the next fastest of the Brits with a time of 2:18.23, the 11th fastest swim, for 1144 points. She climbed to 23rd.

Muir’s 2:18.28 was the 12th quickest of the day and earned 1144 points, pushing her up to 33rd, while French dropped to 23rd with 2:21.97, the 20th fastest time of the day, adding 1100 to her total.

Fell continued her upward momentum in the riding arena, dropping only 40 points from the maximum 1200 to climb to 18th overall. Burke continued to feature in the top-10, adding 1120 points to her total to go into the run/shoot in ninth.

French took 1156 pentathlon points from the ride, putting her 19th, while debutant Muir climbed two places to 31st with a ride worth 1120.

Fell produced a strong run/shoot, clocking 12:31.17 – the sixth fastest time of the day – to climb from 18th to ninth place. French made sure of a top-20 finish with a time of 13:05.21, while Burke dropped down to 21st with a run/shoot of 13:33.73.

Muir finished on a high note, with the ninth fastest run/shoot time of 12:48.06 to end her first World Cup in 30th place overall.

Victoria Tereshuk, the 2011 world champion and Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, pipped Zhang Xiaonan to gold after the Chinese athlete had led the field throughout the day.

World Cup 1 women’s final results:
Gold:  Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) – 5400 points
Silver: Zhang Xiaonan (CHN) – 5388 points
Bronze: Yane Marques (BRA) – 5368 points
9th: Heather Fell (GBR) – 5260 points
19th: Kate French (GBR) – 5124 points
21st: Katy Burke (GBR) – 5108 points
30th: Jo Muir (GBR) – 4936 points

British team for World Cup 1 in Palm Springs, USA
(format: name – date of birth, home town – current home)

Women
Katy Burke – 01.06,89, Cleveleys, near Blackpool - Bath
Heather Fell – 03.03.83, Tavistock, Devon - Bath
Kate French – 11.02.91, Meopham, Gravesend - Bath
Jo Muir - 30.08.94, Dumfries - Bath

Men
Jamie Cooke  - 03.03.91, Cheltenham - Bath
Sam Curry – 03.09.93, Redhill - Bath
Joe Evans  - 05.09.93,  Whitchurch, Shropshire - Bath
Tom Toolis – 23.12.92, Hornchurch, north east London- Bath

2013 senior modern pentathlon calendar
20-24 February: World Cup 1 – Palm Springs, USA
20-24 March: World Cup 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17-21 April: World Cup 3 – Chengdu, China
8-12 May: World Cup 4 – Budapest, Hungary
31 May – 2 June: World Cup Final – Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia
11-17 July: European Championships – Drzonkow, Poland
15-21 August: World Championships – Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei

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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.