10-strong British pentathlon team prepares for European Champs

30 June 2010

Pentathlon GB has announced a 10-strong British team to compete at the 2010 modern pentathlon European Championships in Hungary.

Four senior athletes – Heather Fell, Mhairi Spence, Katy Livingston and Louise Helyer – have been selected to compete in the women’s individual competition.

Samantha Murray, Katy Burke and Freyja Prentice, who are all still juniors, will represent Great Britain in the team relay.

All seven are currently in the top-32 in the world rankings.

Beijing 2008 Olympians Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge will contest the men’s individual competition and will be joined for the team relay by 19-year-old Jamie Cooke.

The 10-strong team are all based at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath.

The European Championships run from 14-20 July and take place in Debrecen.

Meanwhile, Kate French, a Sports Performance student at the University, demonstrated the strength and depth of British women’s modern pentathlon when she finished second at the German Open Championships in Berlin at the weekend.

The 19-year-old was only beaten by Germany’s Eva Trautmann. French’s performance pushed her up to 55th in the world rankings. Team-mate Lydia Rosling finished 10th.

Cooke was the highest place British finisher in the men’s competition, coming seventh, with Daniel Worrall eighth, James Myatt 14th and Robert Flack 17th.

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