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Olympic stars line up at Tudor Grange this weekend for Modern Pentathlon Championships

Two Olympic medallists and a reigning world champion are among the athletes battling it out for honours at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships in Solihull this weekend.

Two Olympic medallists and a reigning world champion are among the athletes battling it out for honours at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships in Solihull this weekend.

The impressive line-up of athletes competing at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre this Saturday, April 6 also includes two further British Olympians and a former World Junior champion.

And there is a place on the British team for the European Championships in Poland in July up for grabs for the winner of both the mens and womens overall titles.

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and Beijing 2008 silver medallist Heather Fell, winner of the women's title last year, are among the pentathletes contesting the event in Solihull on Saturday.

They will be joined by another London 2012 Olympian Mhairi Spence, who became Britain's first senior individual modern pentathlon world champion for more than a decade in Rome in May last year.

Nick Woodbridge and Sam Weale, who both represented Great Britain at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, are due to contest the mens championships. They will be joined Jamie Cooke, Britain's 2011 world junior champion, who also achieved the 2012 Olympic qualifying standard.

Joe Evans, who won bronze on his senior World Cup debut in California in February, is also contesting the main mens title as well as the junior crown. Two other young athletes who made their World Cup debuts this year, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis, will also be in action in the mens competition.

There will be British senior and junior titles up for grabs. The overall highest scoring man and woman will earn a place on the GB team for this summers European Championships.

Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: The dates for this years championships have fitted in well with the international calendar. Its an opportunity for our athletes to compete in the UK, and particularly for the younger ones. Competing is the best training for them.

The championships are organised by Pentathlon GB, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon. They will see athletes complete a fence, swim, ride and combined run/shoot all in the space of one day.

The timings are as follows:

Fencing (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) 08.00 start

Swimming (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) - 11.20 start

Riding (Solihull Riding Club) 12.45 start

Combined run/shoot (Tudor Grange Leisure Centre) - 16.25 start

Pentathlon GB is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon. For further information please see www.pentathlongb.org

 

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