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Pentathlon: GB teams selected for next two Modern Pentathlon World Cups

March 23, 2012

The competition for places on the GB modern pentathlon team for the London 2012 Olympic Games steps up a gear next month when the final two rounds of the World Cup Series take place in Hungary and Russia.

The results from this year’s World Cups will be used to decide the British team for the World Championships in Rome in May, which is the next opportunity for athletes to achieve the Olympic qualifying standard.

With six British women currently featuring in the top 35 in the world and only four able to compete at the World Championships, the competition for places in Rome will be intense.

A maximum of two women can compete in the modern pentathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Samantha Murray has been selected for both of the remaining World Cups of the year in Hungary and Russia after impressing with a sixth place finish at the opening World Cup of the year in Charlotte, USA.

Katy Burke will also compete in both World Cups, her first of the year, after recovering from injury and Mhairi Spence, who won silver in Charlotte, will compete in Hungary.

GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said Britain’s pentathletes now have to give it their absolute all to secure places at the World Championships, “Once they get to the World Cups they need to go flat out,” he said.

“That’s how it is at this point, there’s no hiding place.”

As well as trying to qualify places on the World Championship team, athletes will also be eager to score points at World Cups to boost their positions in the World Cup Series rankings.

The top 36 women will be invited to compete at the World Cup Final at Chengdu in China at the end of May.

That will be the last opportunity to score world ranking points and the final Olympic qualifying places will be distributed according to positions on the world ranking list as of 1 June.

So far Freyja Prentice has achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard, although she is still not yet guaranteed a place on the team.

Full team

World Cup 3 – 12-15 April, Hungary

Mhairi Spence (Bath/Farr near Inverness)
Freyja Prentice (lives: Bath/ home: Inverurie)
Samantha Murray  (Bath/Clitheroe, Lancashire)
Katy Burke (Bath/Cleveleys, near Blackpool)

World Cup 4 – 19-22 April, Russia

Heather Fell (Bath/Tavistock, Devon)
Samantha Murray  (Bath/Clitheroe, Lancashire)
Katy Burke (Bath/ Cleveleys, near Blackpool)
Katy Livingston (Bath/Guisborough, Cleveland)

More info: www.pentathlongb.org

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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