Fantastic fence sees Bryson into Junior Worlds Final
A fantastic performance in the fencing salle helped Pentathlon GB’s Kerenza Bryson to qualify for the Women’s final on her Junior World Championships debut in Hungary today. The 18-year-old was the only GB athlete to qualify for the final as teammates Georgina Summers, Sarah Collin and Charlie Follett all missed out in brutal conditions in Szekesfehervar.
Story of the Day
Kerenza and Charlie were both placed in Group B meaning they started their day in the pool with the 200m swim, the least favourite discipline of both athletes. However, in a pool that was producing slow times, both Brits swam well as 20-year-old Charlie recorded a time of 2:27.74 with 18-year-old Kerenza just behind in 2:28.88.
The duo then moved to the fencing salle where they both excelled. Kerenza, who currently studies and trains at Plymouth Studio School and Charlie, who is currently a student at the University of Bath, both started strongly, sitting on positive scores after the opening third of their ranking round. Plymouth’s Kerenza went from strength to strength during the discipline, eventually topping the group standings with a sublime display of 23 victories and just 12 defeats including 11 victories from her final 12 bouts. Alongside her, Bristol’s Charlie also maintained her form throughout, finishing strongly with 17 victories and 12 defeats to also place inside the top 10 of the discipline standings.
It meant that the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) supported duo headed into their laser run in 2nd and 11th in the overall group standings. Kerenza, who is making her debut at a major junior international this week, stayed well within the top 15 automatic qualifying places throughout the combined running and shooting discipline, eventually crossing the line in 11th place to book her place in Saturday’s Women’s final.
After putting herself in a good position after two disciplines, Charlie unfortunately fell unwell in the heat during the laser run and had to withdraw from the competition.
Meanwhile, in Group A, Dorking’s Georgina and Bourne End’s Sarah began their day in the fencing salle. Georgina who is currently studying in the USA started slowly, but a fine recovery saw the 19-year-old win 6 of her last 8 bouts to record a positive fence of 16 victories and 14 defeats. Sarah, who currently trains and studies at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath, started well but a frustrating finish cost the 20-year-old dearly as she ended with 10 victories and 20 defeats.
The British duo then moved to the pool where Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athlete Sarah recorded an impressive time of 2:16.30, the fourth quickest in the group. Georgina, who is making her first international appearance of 2017, also performed strongly, stopping the clock in a time of 2:25.77 for her 200m.
It meant that Georgina sat 14th in the overall group standings with Sarah 24th ahead of the laser run. Both Brits battled well throughout the 3200m course with Georgina crossing the line 20th and Sarah 26th at the group’s conclusion. However, it wasn’t quite enough to see either athlete make it through to Saturday’s final.
Tomorrow sees Men’s Qualifying taking place with Bradley Sutton, Myles Pillage, Jamie Harper and George Budden all competing for Pentathlon GB.