Bartu hails modern pentathlon Europeans a success for GB

18 July 2013 / 00:59

Jan Bartu hailed the Modern Pentathlon European Championships a success for Britain as they ended with a second successive placing just shy of the medals.

A day after the British men had finished fifth in the team competition, Jamie Cooke, who was part of that trio, and Kate French combined in the mixed relay.

However they couldn’t claim a fourth medal for Britain as they too finished in fifth place with gold going to Ukraine, silver to Russia and bronze to Lithuania.

That left Britain toasting women’s team and team relay gold and bronze in the latter for the men with Pentathlon GB performance director  Bartu pleased with the return.

“It was the fourth competition in a week for Kate and Jamie so it was a test of their endurance, toughness and willingness to go another day,” said Bartu.

“To finish fifth out of ten teams in the mixed relay was a creditable performance. We have had a successful European Championships.

“It’s been a good stepping stone towards the World Championships at the end of August.

“We’ll now go back to Bath and regroup for a few days. The opposition is going to be really, really strong, so that leaves us with more work to do.”

© Sportsbeat 2013