Team GB officially select University of Bath-based modern pentathlon quartet for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Francesca Summers and Tom Toolis have been named as reserves for the British squad aiming to secure more modern pentathlon medals on the international stage this summer after a hugely-successful season.
It will be a second Games for Choong, Cooke and French, the latter having finished fifth in the women’s final at Rio 2016, while Muir will be making her Olympic debut.
Choong (Mathematics), French, Muir (both Sports Performance) and Toolis (Sport & Exercise Science) are all graduates of the University of Bath, which has been home to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre since 1999.
Five pentathletes have brought Olympic medals back to Bath during that time – Steph Cook (gold) and Kate Allenby (bronze) at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland (bronze) at Athens 2004, Heather Fell (silver) at Beijing 2008 and Samantha Murray (silver) at London 2012.
The Tokyo-bound squad are no stranger to the international podium either, with Cooke having won gold at the World and European Championships while both Choong and French have been crowned World Cup Final champions. Muir, like her team-mates, has also won a host of medals on the UIPM World Cup circuit.
Today’s selection means that 14 University of Bath-based athletes have now been officially selected by Team GB for the Tokyo Olympics, including nine swimmers and triathlete Vicky Holland.
Team Bath judoka Ben Fletcher, Megan Fletcher and Prisca Awiti-Alcaraz have this week also officially qualified for the Games, where they will represent Ireland and Mexico.