Modern pentathlon medalists Samantha Murray and Mhairi Spence set for Rio return
Olympic silver medalist Samantha Murray and world champion Mhairi Spence will contest their first Modern Pentathlon World Cup of the year when they compete at Rio de Janeiro later this month.
They will be joined in a strong GB team by double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, 2011 world junior champion Jamie Cooke and 19-year-old Joe Evans, who won bronze on his World Cup debut in Palm Springs two weeks ago.
Katy Burke and Kate French also go for Great Britain in the women’s competition and Sam Curry completes the men’s quartet for World Cup 2, which runs from March 20-24.
Murray returns to international action for the first time since winning Team GB’s 65th and last medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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“This will be the first time I’ve been to Brazil, so I’m really looking forward to the experience and to competing again," she said.
"It will be good to get back in the saddle again and do another pentathlon.”
Spence, who won the individual World Championship title in Rome last year, added: “It will be good to get there and have a run out. I’m in decent shape and I’m looking forward to getting back into the competitive season.”
The competition is the latest step in the GB team’s preparations for the 2013 World Championships in Chinese Taipei in August and the build-up to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Pentathlon GB performance directorJan Bartu said: “This is the first of four seasons leading up to Rio. There is a long way to but the whole process is aimed towards 2016.
“Samantha and Mhairi had a long, exhausting and very successful 2012 season, so we’ve given them time to regroup and come back to training gradually.
“This is an opportunity to see how much performance level they have carried forward from 2012 and to see where their potential strengths and gaps are at the moment.
“It’s also a priceless for the team to check out the travel, transition, acclimatisation, culture and food in Rio."