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Weale and Fell take senior GB titles with Co winning juniors
Beijing 2008 Olympians Sam Weale and Heather Fell ended the year on a high note by winning the senior titles at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships at the University of Bath at the weekend.
Jamie Cooke and Freyja Prentice – who finished first and third in their respective World Junior Championships last month – won the British Junior Championships titles.
Cooke actually achieved the highest score in the men’s competition, which also doubled as the second of three national selection events for the British team for the 2012 season.
His score of 5724 included the fastest swim of the day – with a time of 1:56.26 – and he also went clear in the ride. That enabled the World Junior Champion, who has already achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard, to collect the British junior title.
Weale, who dropped to 48th in the overall world rankings this year, produced a good all-round performance to take the men’s senior title for the first time since 2009.
David Atkinson was second, Thomas Barber third and Nick Woodbridge, who finished second behind Weale in the opening national selection competition at the start of the month, came fourth this time around.
In the women’s competition, Prentice and Fell finished level on 5404 points with Prentice taking the junior title and Fell the senior.
Fell, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist and former world number one, topped the senior rankings in the fence and combined event and also went clear in the ride, with Katy Burke coming second, Samantha Murray third and Katy Livingston fourth overall.
Prentice topped the junior rankings from Kate French, Rebecca Wain, Lydia Rosling and Kerry Prise.
Mhairi Spence won the opening national selection competition at the start of the month and did not compete this time around.
Both Cooke and Prentice have achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard, although neither are guaranteed a place at the OlympicGames as there are further qualifying opportunities. A maximum of two athletes per gender per nation can compete at the 2012 Games.
For full results please go to the Pentathlon GB website at https://www.pentathlongb.org/competitions/results.php
The third and final national selection competition takes place the weekend of 21 and 22 January.
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