Britain’s best to start off year

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Great Britain’s top mod­ern pen­tath­letes are set to do bat­tle as Jamie Cooke, Joe Choong and Kate French lead a star-stud­ded line-up at the first 2019 Pen­tathlon GB rank­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Univer­sity of Bath this week­end. It will be the first re­turn to ac­tion for reign­ing World Cham­pion Cooke since his stun­ning suc­cess in Mex­ico City last Sep­tem­ber. 2018 Euro­pean medal­ists and fel­low Rio Olympians Choong and French will also both be mak­ing their first ap­pear­ances of the sea­son. The trio will be joined in a high­qual­ity field by Joanna Muir, who fin­ished fifth at the 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, 2015 Ju­nior World cham­pion Francesca Sum­mers, Zoe Dav­i­son and Char­lie Fol­lett as well as Myles Pil­lage, part of the his­toric men’s World Cham­pi­onships sil­ver win­ning team in 2018. The open­ing se­nior and ju­nior rank­ing com­pe­ti­tions are be­ing held on Satur­day with the un­der-19 rank­ing event fol­low­ing on Sun­day. In line with in­ter­na­tional level com­pe­ti­tions, the ju­nior and se­nior ath­letes will com­pete in a full mod­ern pen­tathlon, with Un­der 19 ath­letes com­pet­ing in a mod­ern tetrathlon fenc­ing, swim­ming, com­bined laser-run, which re­moves the rid­ing leg. The com­pe­ti­tion draws top pen­tath­letes from all over the UK, with ath­letes from Scot­land to Devon set to com­pete. The men’s and women’s fields con­tain 20 ath­letes who com­peted in­ter­na­tion­ally in 2018 with oth­ers har­bour­ing the same am­bi­tions for 2019. The event comes at the start of a spe­cial sea­son for Pen­tathlon GB ath­letes with qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games be­gin­ning in June and a home Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships at the Univer­sity of Bath in Au­gust. The Na­tional Lot­tery funded Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships will see the best mod­ern Pen­tath­letes from across Europe de­scend on Bath from Au­gust 6-11. Tick­ets for the Cham­pi­onships will go on gen­eral sale soon with more in­for­ma­tion avail­able at

PIC­TURE: Nuno Gon­calves

British mod­ern pen­tathlon star Kate French will be out to make a pos­i­tive start to her sea­son this week­end

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