Freyja heads to Hungary for Euros

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Local pentathlete Freyja Prentice will be back in international competition this weekend, following her selection to represent Team GB in Hungary.

Freyja is part of a strong quartet chosen for the women’s individual competition at the European Championships in Székesfehérvár, Hungary along with 2012 world champion Mhairi Spence, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and Kate French, currently ranked 14 in the world. Freyja was the highest placed British athlete at last year’s European Championships, where she finished fourth.

The performances of three nominated individuals count towards the team event medals. French, Murray and Spence won team gold at both last year’s European and World championships.

The performances of three nominated individuals count towards the team event medals. French, Murray and Spence won team gold at both last year’s European and World championships.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director,said he is pleased to see so much competition for places within the team based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath.

“They all push each other in training and that helps them to perform,” he said. “All of the athletes selected are competitive, but when they get to the championships the first hurdle they have to overcome is making it through the semi-finals. You usually have to compete flat out until the end in the semi-finals these days.”

British team for 2014 European Championships:

Individual competitions

Women: Kate French; Mhairi Spence; Freyja Prentice; Samantha Murray

Men: Joe Choong; Jamie Cooke; Joe Evans; Nick Woodbridge

Team relays

Women: Alice Fitton; Jo Muir

Men: Sam Curry; Tom Toolis

Mixed team relay: Samantha Murray; Joe Evans