University of Bath-based athletes Jamie Cooke and Freyja Prentice have become the first British modern pentathletes to achieve the qualifying standard to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Cooke achieved the qualifying standard by finishing fourth at the European Championships at Medway Park in Kent on Saturday (30 July). The 20-year-old’s performances included setting a world record for the modern pentathlon 200m freestyle.
And Prentice followed that up by finishing eighth in the women’s final last night (Sunday). The 21-year-old produced a strong run/shoot to climb from 12th place. Prentice combines training with studying for a Biology degree at the University of Bath.
The top eight finishers at the European Championships achieved qualification for 2012, although they are not yet guaranteed places on the British team or the London Olympics as there are further opportunities to qualify running up to June 2012. Each country can only field a maximum of two athletes per gender at the Games.
Pentathlon GB’s High Performance Centre is based at the University of Bath.