Festive cheer for Kate French and Jamie Cooke in Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition at STV

22 December 2015

Kate French and Jamie Cooke got their 2016 seasons off to a fine start with victory in the first Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition of the new campaign.

University of Bath Sports Performance graduate French, who has set the qualification standard for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was in commanding form as she won the women’s competition at the Sports Training Village – home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre.

Freyja Prentice recorded the fastest time in the combined run/shoot to take second place ahead of Georgina Summers, while Olympic silver-medallist Samantha Murray – who produced the quickest swim in the London 2012 Legacy Pool – was fourth.

Kerenza Bryson, 2015 World Junior Champion Francesca Summers, Mathematics student Eilidh Prise, Joanna Muir, Georgia Pipes and Jess Varley completed the top ten.

Kate French is all smiles after gaining a Rio 2016 qualification place at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships
Kate French had plenty of cause to smile during Saturday’s Ranking Competition

The men’s competition was closely contested throughout, with just nine seconds separating the top five after the swimming, fencing and horse riding disciplines.

The lead then swapped between former World Junior Champion Cooke (pictured top) and Politics and International Relations student Sam Curry during an exciting combined run/shoot on the Sports Training Village athletics track.

In the end it was Cooke who took the spoils, winning by just three points overall. Joe Evans, Tom Toolis, Myles Pillage, Thomas Lees, Joe Choong, James Myatt, Adam Price and Harry Sykes completed the top ten.

The second Ranking Competition of 2016 for both men and women will be held on Saturday, January 9, once again at the University of Bath.

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