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Kate French will represent Great Britain in modern pentathlon at the Rio Olympics

By KentOnline reporter

Kent athlete Kate French will compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year after qualifying for the modern pentathlon.

The Meopham athlete secured the top-eight finish she needed for Olympic qualification at the European Championships in Bath.

French went into the combined event sitting 15th overall but produced a fantastic performance, missing only one shot to move up to eighth in the standings.

Meopham's Kate French is heading to Rio Picture: Steve Ballinger
Meopham's Kate French is heading to Rio Picture: Steve Ballinger

Now she’s off to Rio to compete on the biggest stage of all.

French said: “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet but I am so pleased.

“I had quite an average day until the combined event but this is just the best feeling.

“Rio is still a long way off so I will just have to stay strong next year and keep up my good performances.”

French also won team gold with Samantha Murray and Freyja Prentice, who finished 10th and 13th respectively in the individual competition.

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