Student Myles Pillage is top of the class at Pentathlon GB ranking competition as Kate French records second win

11 February 2019

University of Bath sporting scholar Myles Pillage and graduate Kate French came out on top when Britain’s top modern pentathletes competed in the second Pentathlon GB ranking competition of 2019 at the Sports Training Village on Saturday.

Biochemistry student Pillage, who is supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, edged out Rio Olympians Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong during a men’s competition that saw the lead change hands several times.

Choong had led going into the ride but was penalised for an infringement during the course walk and eventually finished third. A perfect round from World Champion Cooke piled the pressure on Pillage but he proved equal to the task, rolling just one bar to score 293 points and secure the victory.

French had led the women’s event from start to finish during the first ranking competition but found herself sixth overall after the opening fencing discipline. However, she recorded the fastest swim in the London 2012 Legacy Pool and then took the lead on the run-shoot before consolidating her victory in the ride.

A fall on the final hurdle meant second-placed Francesca Summers was eliminated, allowing Olivia Green to finish as runner-up and Freyja Atkinson to move up to third.

Attentions now turn to the international season, which includes another modern pentathlon competition at the University of Bath – the 2019 European Championships from August 6-11. It is a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event and tickets are going on general sale soon. Click here for more information.

Picture of Myles Pillage and Joe Choong in the run-shoot courtesy of Phil Sutton.

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