20 May 2016
MP: Old Whitgiftians, Joseph Choong and Sam Curry, have made the 9-strong Pentathlon GB team for the 2016 Modern Penthalon World Champtionships

Pentathlon GB to send 9-strong team to World Championships

Pentathlon GB will send a 9-strong team to compete in next week’s 2016 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Moscow, it has been announced today. The competition represents the final qualifying event before the Rio Olympic Games.

At just 26, former World Champion Samantha Murray is the oldest member of the team that contains significant experience despite their tender years. Murray will be joined in the women’s team by Kate French, Freyja Prentice and Senior World Championships debutant Joanna Muir.

New world number 2 Jamie Cooke, fresh off back-to-back victories at World Cup 4 in Kecskemét and the World Cup Final in Sarasota will spearhead the men’s team. Cooke will be joined by Joe Choong, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis in the individual competition. The 9th member of the squad, Shropshire’s Joe Evans, will compete in the Men’s relay.

It is still to be decided who will partner Evans in the men’s relay and who will represent Great Britain in the Women’s relay.

The event takes place from 23-29 May in the Russian capital and represents a key competition for athletes in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The team will be looking to continue Pentathlon GB’s incredible recent record in the event which has seen Great Britain claim 9 medals in the last 4 World Championships. Four of these medals have been individual medals including golds for Samantha Murray in 2014 and Mhairi Spence in 2012.

Joe Choong: “Being selected for the World Championships is incredibly important because it is our last chance to show how good we are in terms of selection for the Rio Olympic Games. I’ve been fortunate this year as I already have the Olympic qualification standard, so I’ve been able to focus on certain competitions and I’ve had a good block of training towards this event. There is a definite sense of pride when you get to put on the GB kit – you want to do well for yourself and for your country as well.”

Sam Curry: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected for Moscow. Last year I was selected for the relay, which I was happy with but I was also disappointed not to be doing the individual event. I sat down with my coach and said my real goal for this year was to be selected for the World Championships and see what I could do once I got there, so it is a very exciting opportunity for me. I’ve had the best preparation I could possibly have had, so whatever happens on the day will happen.”