LOCAL pentathlete Freyja Prentice will be part of a strong British women’s team which compete in the Modern Pentathlon European Championships at Medway in Kent, which run from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, August 1.
Freyja, who is originally from the Chapel of Garioch, currently tops the world junior rankings and is ranked 11th in the world. Her best finish this year was third place in April at a UIPM World Cup event in Italy. She was 12th overall at her last event, the UIPM World Cup Final that was held in London earlier this month.
She will be joined by Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell, who is currently ranked fourth in the world, Mhairi Spence, who finished fifth at the World Cup Final, is currently ranked fifth and Katy Burke, who is ranked 25th in the world.
World Cup Final bronze medallist Nick Woodbridge will lead the British men’s challenge. Woodbridge became the first British man to win a World Cup Final medal with a terrific performance at the Olympic test event in London recently, aresult that took him to a career high world ranking of 10th.
He is joined in the GB men’s team for the European Championships by Jamie Cooke, Sam Weale and Robert Flack. Cooke is currently number two in the world junior rankings, while Weale made a piece of history last year by winning silver at the European Championships at Debrecen in Hungary – the first individual European Championships medal won by a British man.
The European Championships are an opportunity for Britain’s pentathletes to take a big step towards 2012 with the first eight finishers achieving the Olympic qualifying standard.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director said, “We’re in good shape and we’re looking to qualify athletes for the Olympic Games at the European Championships.
“The World Cup Final showed we’re getting to grips with competing under pressure on home soil and having another opportunity to do so is priceless.” The top eight men and women at Medway will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard, although only two athletes per gender per nation can ultimately compete in the modern pentathlon at London 2012.
European Championships schedule:
Thursday, July 28: men’s semi-finals; Friday, July 29: women’s semi-finals; Saturday, July 30: men’s final; Sunday, July 31: women’s final; Monday, August 1: men’s relay and women’s relay.
For further information about the European Championships please see the competition website at http://europentathlon2011.org.uk/