Bath student to step up at World Championships


Bath University Mathematics student Joe Choong will represent Great Britain in the individual competition at next month’s Modern Pentathlon World Championships for the first time.

Joe Choong

Joe Choong

The 19-year-old had originally been selected for the men’s relay at the championships in Warsaw. He now steps into the berth for the individual competition vacated by double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, who misses the championships through injury.

Modern pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines – fencing swimming, riding and a run/shoot – all in one day.

“This is going to be a massive opportunity for Joe to see if he can compete at the top senior level,” said Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director.

Joe reached the final of last month’s European Championships in Hungary, finishing 36th, despite still being a junior athlete.

The British athletes will begin their journey to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in December with the first of three national ranking competitions, taking place at the University of Bath.

The national ranking competitions will help determine selections for major competitions on the 2015 international calendar, when the first qualification places are up for grabs. They include the 2015 European Championships at the University of Bath from 17 to 23 August, when the top-eight men and women will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard for Rio.



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