Joe Choong and Freyja Prentice are highest Pentathlon GB finishers during challenging Rio 2016 test event

14 March 2016

University of Bath student Joe Choong was the Pentathlon GB team’s highest-placed finisher during a challenging weekend at the UIPM World Cup in Rio, Brazil.

Choong, who studies Mathematics, was 13th in the men’s final on Sunday after fine performances in the fencing and swimming disciplines.

Jamie Cooke was 19th but Sport Performance student Tom Toolis and Politics & International Relations graduate Sam Curry did not qualify for the final, the latter being withdrawn from his qualifier after suffering heat stroke in the 36-degree conditions.

The weather also had an impact on the women’s final, with a tropical storm during the combined run/shoot causing the lasers of Francesca Summers, Samantha Murray and Kate French to time out.

Freyja Prentice of Pentathlon GB
Freyja Prentice

French did not finish the combined event which meant she placed 35th overall, two positions behind Murray who had been eliminated in the ride. Summers slipped down the rankings 26th having held a steady 11th place during the other disciplines.

The best performing Brit in the women’s final was Biology graduate Freyja Prentice, who built on a fantastic fencing display – her 21 victories being the fifth-best result – to place 17th overall on her return from injury.

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games test event now completed, thoughts turn to the next World Cup starting in Rome, Italy on March 30.

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