French relishing major champs warm-up at World Cup Final

03 June 2014 / 18:11

Kate French insists her outing at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Florida will act as perfect preparation for the biggest events on the 2014 calendar.

French is currently the highest ranked Brit in the world at No.14 after a season so far that has seen her claim some of her best ever finishes.

She recorded a World Cup best sixth in Chengdu in April with her efforts coming off the back of a fine 2013 where she was part of a successful British team.

French, based at the Pentathlon GB National Training Centre at the University of Bath, helped Britain to team gold at both the World and European Championships.

She also finished tenth individually at both and wants her World Cup Final outing to lead to even better performance at this year’s two biggest events.

“I’m really pleased and excited to compete at my first World Cup Final,” she said. “We’re in a hard training block at the moment because the European and World Championships are our main aims this year.

“This will be a good warm-up and I’d be happy with a good, solid performance.”

She achieved the qualifying standard for last year’s World Cup Final but was only the fourth best British qualifier and, with only three allowed to compete, missed out.

And Pentathlon GB performance director Jan Bartu said: “It’s fantastic that Kate has the chance to compete at her first World Cup Final. It’s another competitive opportunity for her at the top level.

“The World Cup Final hasn’t been our highest priority this season though, and everyone else will keep training and working hard in Bath, getting ready for the European and World Championships.”

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