Woodbridge up to 10th in world rankings for first time
Britain’s modern pentathletes have soared up the world rankings following impressive performances at the World Cup Final and Olympic test event in London at the weekend.
Nick Woodbridge’s bronze medal on Saturday propelled him from 30th to 10th place in the world rankings, his first time in the top-10. His bronze was the first medal won by a British man at a Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final.
Team-mate Jamie Cooke finished ninth on his World Cup Final debut, despite being the youngest competitor in the field at 20. Cooke, who also smashed his own modern pentathlon 200m freestyle world record at the event, has moved into the top-25 in the world for the first time. He is now ranked at 22 in the senior world rankings and at two in the juniors.
Sam Weale, who didn’t compete at the weekend, is 24th in the senior world rankings.
Britain also now has two women in the world’s top five. Heather Fell has climbed from seventh to fourth following her seventh place in London on Sunday while Mhairi Spence climbs from ninth to fifth after finishing fifth at Greenwich Park.
Freyja Prentice, who produced an outstanding run/shoot to climb from 24th to 12th at the World Cup Final, is now 11th in the senior rankings and continues to top the junior world rankings.
Katy Burke is 25th in the senior rankings and Samantha Murray 28th. Neither Burke nor Murray competed at the World Cup Final as each country could only field a maximum of three athletes per gender.
Russia’s Aleksander Lesun tops the men’s rankings after taking silver at the World Cup Final, while Germany Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn returns to the top of the women’s rankings after taking gold in London at weekend.
Britain’s pentathletes will return to action later this month at the European Championships, which take place at Medway in Kent from 28 July to 1 August.
The British team trains at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre at the University of Bath.
The world rankings are based on the performances over the last 12 months and will change again shortly when results from last year’s European Championships will no longer count towards the rankings.