Bryson finishes 22nd on Junior Worlds debut
Plymouth’s Kerenza Bryson finished 22nd on her Junior World Championships debut in Hungary today. The 18-year-old, still in her first year as a Junior athlete, performed extremely well, once again particularly impressing in the fencing salle on her third appearance in five days in Szekesfehervar.
Story of the Day
The competition began in the pool where Kerenza recorded a time of 2:27.55, over a second quicker than in Thursday’s qualification stage. The Plymouth College student then moved to the fencing salle where she excelled for the third time this week. Some fantastic hits saw the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme athlete record 24 victories and just 11 defeats from the ranking round, putting her tied second in the discipline standings. Although the British youngster didn’t add any extra points to her tally in the bonus round, she lay in fifth place in the overall standings after another strong morning.
On her horse Campari, Kerenza knocked down just two poles in the ride to pick of 286 points. It meant the Devon based athlete maintained her position in 5th ahead of the closing laser run, although the field was extremely closely matched with just 55 points separating the top 27 athletes.
With conditions in Hungary once again extremely hot and humid, a strong effort from Kerenza saw her cross the line 22nd at the competitions close. It was another fine performance from the youngster who marked her World Cup debut earlier this year with a 26th place finish.
Reflecting on her performance, Kerenza said “I had a good day competing today in the final of the Junior World Championships with lots of things to improve and learn from.
“I’m ready to come back even stronger next season.”
Tomorrow sees the Men’s final taking place with both Myles Pillage and Jamie Harper in action for Pentathlon GB before the Mixed Relay concludes the Championships on Monday.
Photo taken by Phil Sutton.