Bradley Sutton finishes 33rd on Junior European Champs debut
Basingstoke’s Bradley Sutton marked his Junior European Championships debut with a 33rd place finish in Barcelona today. The 18-year-old, who moved to Pentathlon GB’s Training Centre at the University of Bath in September, put up a strong fight throughout the day and as one of the youngest athletes in the field gained valuable experience ahead of the rest of the season.
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Having qualified from his semi-final on Monday, former Hartpury College student Brad got his final off to a dream start with a 1:56.35 swim, a new personal best and second quickest time of the day. The current TASS supported athlete and University of Bath sporting scholar then moved to the fencing salle where he picked up 11 victories and 24 defeats, leaving him in 28th place after the opening two disciplines.
On his allocated horse Paradose, Brad, who finished 2nd in the Junior Men’s event at the British Modern Pentathlon Championships earlier this month, knocked down just a single pole. It meant he secured 293 points for his round and moved up 4 places to 24th in the overall standings ahead of the laser run.
Former Wessex Wyvern MPC member Brad concluded his final with a time of 12:19.62 in the combined running and shooting discipline which saw him finish the final in 33rd place, a commendable achievement in his first year as a junior aged athlete.
Brad will be back in action on Friday when he competes in the Men’s Relay alongside Myles Pillage.
Tomorrow sees the Women’s Relay taking place with Charlie Follett and Georgia Pipes competing for Pentathlon GB. The final day of the Championships on Sunday sees Sarah Collin and Jamie Harper competing in the Mixed Relay.