Prentice selected for British squads

Freyja Prentice who has been selected for the British team to take part in the first two Modern Pentathlon World Cups of the year. '(Picture by Susann Brown)
Freyja Prentice who has been selected for the British team to take part in the first two Modern Pentathlon World Cups of the year. '(Picture by Susann Brown)

RISING star of British pentathlon, Freyja Prentice, has been selected as part of the British team for the opening two Modern Pentathlon World Cups of the year.

Freyja, who is currently ranked number two in the World Junior rankings, will joined by Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell, and world number four Mhairi Spence.

The trio have been selected for the GB team for World Cup 1 in Charlotte, USA in March and also World Cup 2 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, also in March.

They will be joined at World Cup 1 by Samantha Murray, with Beijing 2008 Olympian Katy Livingston completing the British women’s team at World Cup 2. Livingston will also be reserve for the opening World Cup with Katy Burke reserve for World Cup 2.

The selections follow the third of three national selection competitions at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath last weekend.

The World Cups are particularly significant this year as GB athletes need to perform well to secure places on the four-strong women’s team for the World Championships in Rome in May, which is the next opportunity to achieve the London 2012 Olympic qualifying standard.

Prentice, aged 21, is the only British woman pentathlete to have achieved that standard to date. Of the British men reigning world junior champion Jamie Cooke, aged 20, has also achieved the Olympic qualification standard. With further qualification opportunities to come, neither are guaranteed places on the GB team for 2012.

The full British teams for World Cup 1 and 2 are:

World Cup 1 – 8 to 11 March, Charlotte USA

Women: Freyja Prentice; Mhairi Spence; Heather Fell; Samantha Murray

Reserve: Katy Livingston

World Cup 2 – 12-15 March, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Women: Freyja Prentice; Mhairi Spence; Heather Fell; Katy Livingston

Reserve: Katy Burke

Teams for the remaining World Cups in Hungary and Russia in April will be announced at a later date.