Lees and Wain set for modern pentathlon World Cup debuts

12 April 2013 / 14:35

Two more new faces have been named in Great Britain’s modern pentathlon squad for next week’s World Cup in China as work for the 2016 Rio Olympics gathers pace.

Four athletes have already made their World Cup debuts for Britain this season but that number is set to be increased by two in Chengdu later this month.

Tom Lees, 19, will make his World Cup bow in the men’s competition while 21-year-old Rebecca Wain will be repeating the feat in the women’s event.

Despite having never appeared at a senior World Cup before, Wain does have international experience and helped Britain win team relay gold at last year’s European Junior Championships in Hungary and bronze at the World Junior Championships in Poland.

Lees is studying geography at Oxford University and was the top-scoring individual athlete helping Oxford beat Cambridge in last weekend’s modern pentathlon varsity match.

Lees lines up in a men’s team that also includes double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, currently ranked seventh in the world, and Joe Evans, who won bronze on his World Cup debut in California in February.
Sam Curry, who also made his World Cup debut in California, also completes the men’s team.

Wain joins Kate French and Katy Burke in the women’s team. French came second to Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray at last week’s British Championships, while Burke finished third.

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