French and Evans claim World Championship mixed relay silver

07 September 2014 / 18:29

Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bartu insists it is all systems go for the 2016 Rio Olympics after Kate French and Joe Evans helped Great Britain sign off from the World Championships with a third medal.

Heading into the final day of action in Poland Great Britain were already able to celebrate two medals, with Samantha Murray becoming the women’s champion on Friday while she joined forced with French and Freyja Prentice to claim women’s team silver that same day.

And French was also in the mood to double her medal tally as she and Evans claimed mixed relay silver, the duo just edged out of gold by the Lithuanian pair of London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Laura Asadauskaite and 2013 world champion Justinas Kinderis.

And with thoughts constantly turning to Rio in two year’s time, Bartu was delighted with his charges after claiming a hat-trick of medals.

“They did a fantastic job today and it was an absolutely invaluable experience for both of them. I was delighted for them both,” he said.

“When you’re going head to head against an Olympic champion and a former world champion, people who have medalled so many times you can’t remember them all, it brings a different dynamic into play.

“This is a fantastic step on the path to Rio. It’s important for the athletes and coaches to understand where we are and what we’re capable of.

“These championships have given us the hope that we’re heading in the direction.”

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