News Archive, Category: Modern Pentathlon

University of Bath-based sportspeople awarded New Year Honours after winning gold at Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

01 January 2022

A host of Olympic and Paralympic champions who train at the University of Bath have been awarded MBEs in the 2022 New Year Honours. Swimmers Freya Anderson, Tom Dean, James Guy, Calum Jarvis and Matt Richards, pentathletes Joe Choong and Kate French, and wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver are among the British sportspeople recognised for their outstanding gold-medal achievements at Tokyo 2020 last summer. Dean, supported by a Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholarship, produced an incredible performance...

Most successful year yet for University of Bath sportspeople as gold rush and trophy triumphs provided plenty to lift the spirits during 2021

26 December 2021

An incredible 19 medals at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, 10 of them gold, is the headline stat from an outstanding year of sport at the University of Bath but there was plenty more to celebrate during an unforgettable 2021. From students winning the Premiership Rugby title at Twickenham and conquering the rowing world from their kitchen to Team Bath Netball lifting their first trophy for eight years and tennis players serving up a...

New Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jon Pett looking forward to being part of high-performance sport community at University of Bath

16 December 2021

Incoming Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jon Pett says he is looking forward to being part of a "multi-sport, multi-learning environment" at the University of Bath when he begins his new role in January 2022. Pett has been appointed as successor to the recently-retired Jan Bartu, who established Britain as a global modern pentathlon powerhouse during his 23 years leading the high-performance programme based at the University's Sports Training Village alongside other Olympic and Paralympic sports...

Jan Bartu retires as Pentathlon GB Performance Director after building world-leading programme at University of Bath during incredible 23-year tenure

26 November 2021

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu, who "built an empire at the University of Bath" that has produced a host of Olympic, World and European Champions, has today retired from his role after an incredible 23-year tenure. Under his guidance modern pentathlon has become one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports with medals at five of the last six Games, including a historic golden double for Joe Choong and Kate French at Tokyo 2020 this...

University of Bath students bring home gold and bronze medals as Pentathlon GB impress at U24 European Championships

22 November 2021

There was double gold for sporting scholar Olivia Green and medals for fellow University of Bath students Emma Whitaker, Alex Bousfield and Toby Price as Pentathlon GB athletes impressed at the U24 European Championships in Poland. Sport & Exercise Science student Green, who is supported by an Alumni Fund Scholarship, was in fine form throughout the women's final as she recorded an excellent victory. Santander Scholar Whitaker (Sports Performance) was fourth and there was a...

2GC1WB3 Great Britain's Kate French after winning a gold medal in the Modern Pentathlon, Women's Individual - Laser Run at Tokyo Stadium on the fourteenth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Friday August 6, 2021.

Modern pentathlon Olympic Champion Kate French shortlisted for Sportswoman of the Year accolade in The Sunday Times awards

17 October 2021

Olympic Champion Kate French has been shortlisted in the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year category in The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards 2021. French, who trains at the University of Bath with Pentathlon GB, became the first British woman for 21 years to win modern pentathlon gold after producing a magnificent performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Joining her on a star-studded shortlist is weightlifter Emily Campbell, cyclist Laura Kenny, boxer Lauren...

VIDEO: Modern Pentathlon Olympic Champions Kate French and Joe Choong return to Team Bath Sports Training Village with gold

11 August 2021

Newly-crowned modern pentathlon Olympic Champions Joe Choong and Kate French returned to their University of Bath training base today (Wednesday) following their heroics at Tokyo 2020.  Sports Performance graduate French became the first British female pentathlete for 21 years to win gold when she won the title with an Olympic Record points total on Friday. Choong, who studied Mathematics at the University, then made his own bit of history 24 hours later as he became...

Ten medals and seven newly-crowned champions make Tokyo 2020 an Olympic Games to remember for Bath-based sportspeople

09 August 2021

The University of Bath is celebrating an outstanding Olympic Games for sportspeople who train and studied here, eight of whom are returning from Tokyo 2020 as newly-crowned Olympic Champions. Mechanical Engineering student Tom Dean’s magnificent swim in an unforgettable men’s 200m freestyle final sparked a gold rush for members of the British Swimming National Centre Bath elite training squad based at the University. Dean, supported by a Bill Whiteley Sporting Scholarship, also won gold in...

Tokyo 2020: Joe Choong makes Olympic history as University of Bath graduate completes glorious GB golden double in modern pentathlon

07 August 2021

Joe Choong, who trains and studied at the University of Bath, completed a golden double for Britain’s modern pentathletes on Saturday as he won a historic Olympic title at Tokyo 2020. The Mathematics graduate was in dominant form throughout the men’s final in the Tokyo Stadium and, after coming under some pressure in the closing stages of the run-shoot, held his nerve to produce a sprint finish to a dramatic run-shoot and claim the first-ever...

Spennylympics fundraising challenge closing in on £100,000 as intrepid duo take on modern pentathlon at University of Bath

06 August 2021

Two intrepid fundraisers who are taking on all the Olympic sports during the 17 days of the Tokyo Games returned to the University of Bath today to complete their modern pentathlon challenge. Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols of Spennylympics took on fencing and the laser-run in the pentathlon hall at the Team Bath Sports Training Village under the guidance of Pentathlon GB coaches. It came just a couple of hours after Kate French, who trains...

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