Jan Bartu

10 May 2011

Title: National Performance Director

Born: 16 January 1955


Jan is a Czech former modern pentathlete who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics and in the 1980 Summer Olympics, winning individual bronze and team silver at the former.

After taking over the role of Pentathlon GB’s national performance director based at the University of Bath, Jan established the National Training Centre at the Sports Training Village in 1998. Within the Centre, he implemented the Performance Pathway System which has seen modern pentathlon become one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports.

Under his guidance, medals have been won at each of the last four Games, starting with a historic gold for Stephanie Cook and bronze for Kate Allenby at Sydney 2000.

Georgina Harland also won bronze four years later in Athens and Heather Fell took silver at Beijing 2008.

University of Bath graduate Samantha Murray famously won Team GB’s final medal of London 2012, also a silver, and is one of three pentathletes to be crowned as World Champion during Bartu’s tenure – the others being Cook in 2001 and Mhairi Spence in 2012.


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