Top 30 Junior Euros finishes for Follett, Pipes, Parker and Collin
Pentathlon GB’s Charlie Follett, Georgia Pipes, Holly Parker and Sarah Collin all finished inside the top 30 at the Junior European Championships in Barcelona today. In hot conditions on the Mediterranean coast, the 4 British youngsters all impressed at different points in the day before finishing 21st, 24th, 27th and 28th respectively.
Story of the Day
The day began in the pool with Buckinghamshire’s Sarah leading the British charge in a rapid 2:12.75, the 3rd quickest time in the field. Somerset’s Holly, Yorkshire’s Georgia and Bristol’s Charlie all started the day strongly too, Holly the next quickest Brit in 2:17.56 with Georgia recording a 2:18.82 and Charlie 2:24.34.
In the fencing hall in was 20-year-old Charlie who starred, securing 22 victories and just 12 defeats. University of Bath student Georgia finished the discipline with 17 victories and 17 defeats, two victories ahead of fellow Bath student Sarah with 20-year-old Holly finishing on 13 victories and 21 defeats.
It meant TASS supported athlete Charlie led the British challenge in 8th after the opening two disciplines with Georgia 17th, Sarah 19th and Holly 30th.
The riding phase only saw small movements in the overall standings and it was Sarah who fared best of the British quartet with just one knockdown meaning she picked up 293 points. Holly and Charlie, who finished 2nd and 3rd at the Junior British Modern Pentathlon Championships earlier this month, rolled two poles apiece with Georgia knocking down 3 to secure 279 points.
As a result Charlie, who moved to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath in September, started the concluding laser run as the top Brit in 13th, 4 places ahead of 20-year-old Sarah. Former Yorkshire Pentathlon Club athlete Georgia began the final discipline in 24th with Holly 27th. However, the gaps between the whole field with very small with just 54 points separating 4th placed athlete Anna Matthes and Holly.
In humid conditions, the running element was always going to be tough for the Brits but all four girls battled well, Charlie crossing the line as the lead GB athlete in 21st. Georgia maintained her position in 24th, as did Holly in 27th with Sarah finishing 28th on her major international championships debut.
Tomorrow sees the Men's final taking place with Bradley Sutton competing for Pentathlon GB after coming through qualifying yesterday.
Photo taken by Phil Sutton.