Bryson & Collin kick off Junior Worlds with Relay Top 10
Kerenza Bryson and Sarah Collin finished 10th in the Women’s Relay at the Junior World Championships in Hungary today after a consistent display across all five disciplines. The British youngsters found themselves situated just inside the top 10 after the opening two disciplines of the day and maintained their position through to the competition’s close.
Story of the Day
18-year-old Kerenza and 20-year-old Sarah began their Championships in the pool with the 200m swim. A good start saw the British duo record a time of 2:11.94, placing them 8th after the opening discipline and just 12 points behind early pacesetters Italy.
Plymouth’s Kerenza and Bourne End’s Sarah then moved to the fencing salle where they finished strongly to record a level fence of 15 victories and 15 defeats, putting them 9th in the discipline standings. The Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS) supported pair didn’t pick up any extra points in the bonus round, but a strong morning meant they were in 10th position after the opening two disciplines.
Sensible riding from the Brits, who are both making their Junior World Championships debuts this week, saw them score 276 points in the show jumping arena with 7 obstacle points and 17 time faults on a tight and technical course. It meant Plymouth Studio School student Kerenza and University of Bath student Sarah held onto their 10th position ahead of the concluding laser run.
After an intriguing battle with some of the nations around them, the young British pair kicked off the 2017 Championships with a top 10 position for Pentathlon GB, eventually crossing the finish line in the 10th place they started the combined running and shooting phase.
Both Kerenza and Sarah will be back in action on Thursday when they compete in Women’s Qualifying along with Charlie Follett and Georgina Summers.
Tomorrow sees the Men’s Relay taking place with Jamie Harper and George Budden competing for Pentathlon GB.
Sarah Collin’s Reaction
Reflecting on the day, Sarah commented “I think today has been a very positive day for both of us and I’m happy with both my individual performance and our awesome teamwork.
“We started really strongly in the swim, smashing our predicted time by 9 seconds! Then, fencing was where our teamwork particularly came into play as Kerenza kept me calm and focussed and I was happy to return the support! It was just an unfortunate hit that knocked us out so quickly in the bonus round.
"I was so happy to have my first clear round at a major competition during the ride and I think we did really well to get around such a tricky course together.
"We both shot consistency well so we’re both happy with how the day has gone. Top 10 is definitely a positive way to finish our first relay at a World Championships and today has left me feeling strong and relaxed for the semi-final on Thursday.”