Harper & Budden battle to 13th place at Junior Worlds
Pentathlon GB youngsters Jamie Harper and George Budden put up a fantastic display in the Men’s Relay at the Junior World Championships in Hungary today before eventually finishing 13th in a hard-fought event. Gloucestershire’s Jamie and Hampshire’s George started off well, particularly impressing in the fencing salle as they found themselves in 6th position after the opening three disciplines before being overhauled by some experienced teams in the laser run.
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The competition started in the pool where 20-year-old Jamie and 17-year-old George recorded a time of 1:57.45, placing them just inside the top 10 after the opening discipline.
In the fencing salle, both Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athletes battled gamely, eventually finishing with a positive score of 19 victories and 17 defeats. Two further victories followed in the bonus round meaning the Pentathlon GB pair finished sixth in the discipline standings and moved up to 8th overall at the end of the morning’s action.
The horse-riding arena caused many problems yesterday but George and Jamie, who finished 1st and 3rd in the British Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships in June, both produced calm rounds meaning they picked up 290 points and climbed another two places up the standings ahead of the laser run.
However, the field was extremely close after the opening three disciplines with just 57 points separating the top 16 teams. With many rapid runners directly behind them, a battling display throughout the 3200m course from the British duo saw them cross the line 13th at the competitions close, an extremely encouraging display in their Junior World Championships debut.
Both University of Bath based athlete Jamie and Winchester Penguins swimmer George will be back in action for Men’s Qualifying on Friday along with fellow Pentathlon GB athletes Myles Pillage and Bradley Sutton.
Tomorrow sees Women’s Qualifying taking place with Kerenza Bryson and Sarah Collin - who finished 10th in the Women’s Relay yesterday – competing along with Charlie Follett and Georgina Summers for Pentathlon GB.
Photo taken by Phil Sutton.