Tokyo 2020 - Team GB announce modern pentathlon squad for Olympic Games to build on Rio Olympics
Team GB have named their modern pentathlon team. Kate French, Joseph Choong, James Cooke and and Olympic debutant Joanna Muir all make the cut. The Olympic Games begin in a month in Tokyo and hopes are high the likes of French can build on her excellent form since coming fifth in the last Olympics in Rio.
ames Cooke, Kate French, Joanna Muir and Joseph Choong of Great Britain poses for a photo to mark the official announcement of the modern pentathletes selected to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
French, who came fifth in Rio, is eager to build on her recent triumphs including setting a new world record in the fencing discipline.
While Muir is appearing at her first Games, Choong and Cooke can draw on their Rio experience, with Choong just 21 years old when he finished tenth at the previous Olympics.
Performance director John Bartu praised the quartet ahead of the Games taking into account what has been an incredible testing year for athletes.
“It has been remarkable return to competition for our British pentathletes this year,” he said.
Despite the long break from competition, the team have trained well in challenging circumstances and continued to perform well on the international stage.
“Despite not being able to conclude the Olympic Games qualification season for reasons beyond our control, the athletes still achieved the UIPM Olympic Games Qualification Standard, confirming the strength and depth of the team and the Performance Programme at Pentathlon GB, and I want to take the opportunity to congratulate the whole squad and coaches on this achievement.
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“I also want to thank the whole team of staff who have supported the athletes, particularly over the past year and throughout the pandemic.
“The team selected have proven form and experience and are looking forward to representing Team GB in Tokyo, but we still have more preparation to do at home in Bath, and will continue to focus on doing everything we can to ensure we are as ready as we can be when the Games come around.”