University of Bath based Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale will tomorrow become the first male modern pentathletes to represent Team GB at an Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996.
The action begins for Team Bath’s Katy Livingston and Heather Fell; the following day (Friday 22 August) with the start of the women’s event.
Team GB has a formidable Olympic track record, having won half of the medals on offer since the women’s event was added to the Olympic programme at the Sydney 2000 Games.
Steph Cook, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bath and spent two years training at the university during the height of her success won gold at the Sydney 2000 Games while Kate Allenby, who works as a coach at the university, won bronze.
Team Bath’s Georgina Harland won bronze four years ago in Athens.
The modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five different disciplines in just one day. The competition is spread out over 12 hours and consists of air pistol shooting, fencing, swimming and equestrian show jumping before a 3km run.
The entire Team GB modern pentathlon contingent are based at the university’s world class facilities as are coaches Fridrich Foldes, Jan Bartu and Istvan Nemeth.
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The University of Bath is The Sunday Times University of the Year 2011/12.