Pentathletes set for Olympic debuts after being named in Team GB squad

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Plymouth pentathletes Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage will make their Olympic debuts this summer after being selected by Team GB for the Paris Games

Bryson set the Paris qualification standard by winning bronze when Bath, where she trains, hosted the UIPM World Championships last summer, while fellow Plymouth-born pentathlete Pillage, who studied Biochemistry at the University, this month achieved a top-10 finish at the 2024 World Championships in China.

They will be joined in the Team GB squad by defending Olympic champions Joe Choong, who also trains in Bath, and Kate French, who will be heading for their third Games having competed at both Rio in 2016 and Tokyo.

At the Tokyo 2020 Games, Choong made it a historic double for Team GB in modern pentathlon following French’s earlier victory to take gold, where she broke the sport’s Olympic points record. Choong also became the first Team GB athlete to win a medal in the men’s individual event since its inception at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games.

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Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England OBE said: “We are very proud to welcome back defending Olympic Champions Joe and Kate to Team GB for Paris 2024. Their exceptional performances at Tokyo 2020 were wonderful to watch during what was a record-breaking Games for the modern pentathlon team.

“Alongside Myles and Kerenza, who both will make their Olympic debuts this summer for Team GB, we are excited at what awaits this extremely talented team in Paris.”

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Georgina Harland, MBE said: “It is fantastic to be able to formally announce these athletes today, it will be a proud moment for them all.

“The decision the selection panel had to make was a difficult one. However, we know this squad going to the Games has fantastic medal potential and we look forward to doing all we can to support them in realising their ambitions.”

The modern pentathlon competition will take place between Thursday, August 8 and Sunday, August 11. The fencing ranking rounds will be at the North Paris Arena on the 8th, with the remainder of the competition taking place at the Château de Versailles on the following days.