News Archive, Category: Modern Pentathlon

Superb silver for Joe Choong as Olympic Champion makes impressive return to modern pentathlon competition at Albena World Cup

15 May 2022

University of Bath-based Olympic Champion Joe Choong made an impressive return to international competition for the first time since winning gold at Tokyo 2020 as he claimed a dramatic silver at the UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Albena, Bulgaria. Choong, part of the Pentathlon GB high-performance squad at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, took a break after the Olympics but looked in good form all week as he eased through the qualifying and...

Students Emma Whitaker and Ross Charlton win medals on World Cup debuts as Pentathlon GB make strong start to 2022 campaign

27 March 2022

Sports Performance students Emma Whitaker and Ross Charlton both won medals on their UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup debuts as University of Bath-based Pentathlon GB enjoyed a strong start to the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle. Whitaker, who is supported by a Santander Sporting Scholarship, enjoyed a dream week in Cairo, Egypt as she progressed through the qualifying round and semi-finals to reach a World Cup women’s individual final at her first attempt. The 20-year-old then...

Stunning laser-run fires Jess Varley to silver medal as Bath students past and present impress for Pentathlon GB at Budapest Indoors

24 February 2022

University of Bath alumna Jess Varley produced a stunning laser-run to win silver for Pentathlon GB at the Budapest International Open in Hungary, the curtain-raiser for the 2022 international modern pentathlon season. Natural Sciences graduate Varley, who won two of Pentathlon GB’s National Ranking Events at the Team Bath Sports Training Village this winter and was runner-up in the third, started the decisive discipline of the women’s A final more than a minute behind the...

University of Bath to host 2023 UIPM Modern Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships, a Paris 2024 Olympic qualifying event

20 January 2022

The University of Bath has today officially been chosen as host venue for the 2023 UIPM Modern Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships, which will take place in August 2023. The combined World Championships will see athletes qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the Modern Pentathlon Championship being contested in the exciting new 90-minute format which will make its debut in Paris. The decision was announced today by the Union Internationale de 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...

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