Olivia Green and Oliver Murray double up at NYRC2
Saddleworth’s Olivia Green and Clitheroe’s Oliver Murray doubled up at NYRC2 as they both made it 2 wins from 2 at this year’s Pentathlon GB National Youth Ranking Competitions in Bath today. In the Under 19 Girls’ event, Olivia finished ahead of Georgina Mitchell and Zoe Gowers, whilst in the Under 19 Boys’ event, Oliver held off Toby Price in a thrilling finish with Max Schaefers finishing 3rd. Schaefers was one of eleven German athletes competing in the event as guests of Pentathlon GB ahead of a week long training camp with some of their British counterparts this week.
An early start at The University of Bath saw the day get underway with the girls’ fencing. Another impressive performance from North Kent MPC’s Laura Sheffield saw her top the discipline standings with 28 victories and just 5 defeats. Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell finished 2nd in the opening discipline with 26 victories and 7 defeats, 4 victories ahead of both Wycliffe College’s Zoe Davison and Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Jenna Flintoff who both finished the discipline in 3rd.
In the 200m swim, Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Genna Suddes recorded the quickest time of the competition in 2:16.10, just 0.31 seconds clear of Katie Hughes, reversing their order from the opening ranking competition last month. Wycliffe’s Zoe Davison made it a pair of 3rd places in the opening 2 disciplines with a time of 2:17.05.
Georgina’s 2:20.04 moved her to the top of the overall standings after 2 disciplines, 22 points clear of Zoe in 2nd with Olivia a further 14 points back in third. With points converted to seconds, it meant Georgina started the combined laser-run with a 22 second lead over Zoe and a 36 second advantage over Olivia. There was a further 17 second gap to Laura in 4th but behind the North Kent MPC athlete things were much closer with Millfield’s Abby Lebus in 16th just 28 seconds adrift of Laura.
In the laser-run, it was Olivia who produced the standout performance once again with her time of 13:24.27 comfortably the quickest of the afternoon and enough to see her claim victory ahead of Georgina despite the Plymouth College athletes best efforts as she recorded the 2nd quickest laser-run of the day. Zoe Gowers made it a pair of 3rd place finishes at this year’s youth ranking competitions as she moved up from 6th in the final discipline with Zoe Davison finishing 4th meaning it was the same athletes in the top 4 as at the first youth ranking competition, albeit in a slightly different order.
Kamie Lowe and Emma Whitaker both produced quick combined laser-runs to finish 5th and 6th respectively with Katie Hughes coming home 7th at the University of Bath. Hartpury Academy’s Jess Sutton finished 8th ahead of Emma Schoenborn, the first of the German girls. North Kent MPC’s Gabriella Eltham finished 10th following a consistent performance throughout the day.
The boys also started their day in the fencing salle Germany’s Max Schaeferes finishing top of the discipline standings with 16 victories and 4 defeats, 1 victory ahead of Hartpury’s Oliver Murray. Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Josh Hood recorded 14 victories and 6 defeats to finish the discipline 3rd with 4 athletes picking up 13 victories.
In the pool, it was Millfield School’s Nick Laws who set the standard with a 2:02.12 swim, just over 2 seconds quicker than William Swain with George Budden 3rd quickest following a 2:07.72. It meant Oliver started the combined laser-run in the lead, 3 seconds ahead of Max Schaefers with George a further 4 seconds back in 3rd.
With just 45 seconds covering the top 9 athletes, the start of the combined laser-run was an intriguing affair with Oliver seeking to extend his advantage with everyone else battling and exchanging positions behind them. The 17-year-old, younger brother of 2012 Olympic silver medallist Samantha, maintained his lead into the final shoot but then had to hold off a challenge from Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Toby Price, briefly losing the lead on the final 800m loop, before retaking the lead with around 250m remaining. It meant Toby had to settle for second with the quickest laser run of the day.
Germany’s Max Schaefers finished 3rd ahead of teammate Jasper Hess with George Budden the third Brit across the line in 5th after a consistent day of performances. Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Josh Hood crossed the line 6th ahead of Millfield’s Nick Laws and West Midlands MPC’s Guy Anderson. A third German athlete, Marc Spletzer finished 9th with Hartpury Academy’s James Symons rounding out the top 10.
Tomorrow (Sunday 12th February) sees the second Senior and Junior ranking competition of the year taking place with all four of Team GB’s 2016 modern pentathletes – Kate French, Samantha Murray, Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke – in action.