Sportspeople training at the University of Bath will be bidding to represent their countries on the greatest stage when the Japanese capital city of Tokyo hosts the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021.
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which have been delayed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 and feature a record 33 sports.
There are around 50 sportspeople who currently train or have trained at the University who are in contention for a Tokyo Olympic place. We caught up with four of them – Joe Choong (modern pentathlon), Tom Dean (swimming) and David King (athletics) plus Ben Fletcher (judo) in 2011. Click on the links to see what they had to say.
The Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5 2021, will feature 22 sports. Among those hoping to take part are University-based wheelchair fencers Dimitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver, who are both reigning World Champions – here is a look behind the scenes into their successful training group.
Pentathlon GB‘s Joe Choong became the first University-based athlete to set the Tokyo qualification standard when he won men’s individual gold in the Olympic host city at the 2019 World Cup Final, a test event for the Games. Read the full story by clicking here.
To Tokyo via Bath
The University of Bath hosted a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympic Games when the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships were staged at the Sports Training Village – home of Pentathlon GB‘s National Training Centre – from August 6-11, 2019.
There were 16 qualifying places up for grabs – eight in the men’s competition, eight in the women’s – and the event took place exactly a year before the Olympic modern pentathlon competition is staged.
Among those earning qualification spots for Team GB were Jamie Cooke, who won men’s gold in superb style, and Kate French, who was a silver-medallist in the women’s competition.