GB women win silver and bronze at European Championships

Katy Burke helped the Great Britain team to relay bronze
Katy Burke helped Britain to European silver and bronze.

Great Britain has won two medals at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Bulgaria.

Katy Burke, Heather Fell and Freyja Prentice secured bronze in the team relay to add to their team competition silver.

A late rally saw the trio overhaul the Czech Republic to take a second podium place in Sofia.

The pentathletes selected for London 2012 missed the European Championships to prepare for the Olympics.

Fifth place in the fencing at the start of the day was followed by a strong performance in the relay swim that put Britain in third.

They dropped back into fourth after the riding, but a good display in the run & shoot, the final part of the event, ensured the bronze.

The British women had finished in silver behind Russia in the team event last Friday.

The championships conclude with the men's relay on Tuesday but Britain has not sent a men's team to compete.

World champion Mhairi Spence will lead Britain's challenge at the Olympics and will be joined at London 2012 by Samantha Murray, who won bronze at the Rome world championships in May.

In the men's event, Team GB will be represented by world number five Nick Woodbridge and 2010 European silver medallist Sam Weale.