Published: 06:00, 14 April 2021
| Updated: 15:49, 14 April 2021
Modern pentathlete Kate French is looking forward to another shot at an Olympic medal.
The 30-year-old from Meopham finished fifth at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and has already secured a qualification spot for Tokyo 2020.
Kate French speaks on the countdown to the Games
With the Olympics now 100 days away, French is displaying good form, having secured back to back medal winning performances at the first two pentathlon World Cup competitions.
She has been rested for World Cup 3, which starts today (Wednesday) and is excited about the months ahead. French will compete in the World Cup final in May, followed by the World Championships and then the delayed Olympics in Tokyo.
French, speaking to kmfm, said: “Rio was amazing and I would love to have another shot at winning an Olympic medal. It would be another dream come true.
“100 days away is reality exciting and it is going really fast now, our competitions are under way again now and it has been a long wait but preparations are going well.
“I started well with the first two competitions, I was really pleased and now I have got a bit of a rest.
French recently secured silver at World Cup 2 in Sofia, adding to her gold medal in Budapest.
Whilst a second gold was just out of reach after an exhilarating battle with Marie Oteiza from France, the back-to-back podiums for the Kent athlete is yet another example of the form she finds herself in as she moves towards Tokyo in the summer.
Pentathlon GB’s performance director Jan Bartu said: “It was another excellent performance from Kate. She showed consistency, focus and self-confidence throughout the day. To secure another podium and know we still have some room for improvement, is a great place to be ahead of our journey towards Tokyo.”
The World Cup series provides crucial Olympic Ranking points with other athletes still looking to book their place for Tokyo. Modern Pentathlon sees athletes compete in five disciplines - fencing swimming, riding and a combined run and shoot all in one day.
There won’t be the crowds at Tokyo as there were at Rio, which was one of the highlights for French in 2016.
She said: “The Olympics is the pinnacle of sporting competition and if you come away with a medal it will still be the same, it is a shame with spectators, one of my highlights from Rio was having friends and family there supporting me and seeing them in the crowd was incredible and seeing them when I finished it was special, but a lot of people are sacrificing that for the Olympics to go ahead so I can cope with that.”