Silver and Bronze medals for Freyja at European Championships

Freyja Prentice was part of the Britsih Team that took team silver in Bulgaria. (Picture by Susann Brown)
Freyja Prentice was part of the Britsih Team that took team silver in Bulgaria. (Picture by Susann Brown)

LOCAL pentathlete Freyja Prentice was part of the British women’s team that won the team silver medal at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bulgaria on Friday (July 6).

Freyja along with teammates Katy Burke and Heather Fell came second behind Russia in the team competition in Sofia.

Fell and Prentice both secured top-10 places in the individual competition, with Fell crossing the finishing line in sixth, two places ahead of Freyja. Burke ended the day in 14th with junior athlete Kate French finishing 27th. Individual gold went to Lithuania’s world number one Laura Asadauskaite.

On Monday (July 9) the British team rounded off their campaign by securing the bronze medal in the women’s team relay.

The trio of Freyja, Katy Burke, and Heather Fell added the team relay bronze to the silver medal the same three athletes won in Friday’s team competition.

The team went into the run/shoot at the end of the relay in fourth but produced the best run/shoot performance to pass the Czech Republic team and secure a place on the podium for the second time in four days.

The British trio started the day with fifth place in the fencing, but dominated the relay swim with a time that was almost three seconds faster than the Russian team to climb to third overall. They dropped down to fourth after the ride before their strong run/shoot put them back on the podium at the championships at Sofia in Bulgaria.

European Championships women’s final results:

Individual: Gold: Laura Asadauskaite (LTU); Silver: Iryna Khokhlova (UKR); Bronze: Ganna Buriak (UKR); 6th: Heather Fell (GBR); 8th: Freyja Prentice (GBR); 14th: Katy Burke (GBR); 27th: Kate French (GBR).

Team: Gold: Russia; Silver: Great Britain; Bronze: Hungary.

Women’s team relay results: Gold: Russia; Silver: Poland; Bronze: Great Britain (Katy Burke, Heather Fell aand Freyja Prentice)