PGB quartet perform well at YOG European Qualifier
The Pentathlon GB quartet of Georgina Mitchell, Alexandra Bousfield, Annabel Denton and Charlotte Cole all performed well at the Youth Olympic Games European Qualifier in Portugal today with lots of promising performances.
It was Warwick’s Georgina who led the team home in 10th at the end of the day, just ahead of Buckinghamshire’s Alex in 12th with Plymouth’s Annabel 24th and Bookham’s Charlotte 26th.
Story of the day
The competition began in the fencing salle where the competition was particularly fierce as quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games were up for grabs at the end of the day. However, the four Brits more than held their own with 16-year-old Alex leading the charge, finishing third in the ranking round with 22 victories and just 9 defeats from her 31 bouts. Fellow 16-year-old Georgina, who has impressed with her fencing skills on numerous occasions this season, was just behind on 20 victories and 11 defeats, ensuring she was also well placed after the opening discipline. 17-year-old Charlotte and 14-year-old Annabel, who are both much more inexperienced on the piste, battled well with Charlotte securing 12 victories and Annabel 8.
It was also Alex who led the way in the bonus round, securing four extra victories to win the second fencing stage and pick up an additional four points.
In the pool, all four Brits produced great swims with Plymouth College’s Georgina leading the way with a time of 2:15.85. North Kent MPC’s Charlotte was marginally behind her British teammate, stopping the clock on 2:16.93. Dacorum MPC’s Alex, who missed the first couple of months of 2017 due to injury, recorded a time of 2:18.69 with Plymouth College’s Annabel setting a new personal best of 2:19.72.
It meant that Alex remained as the top Brit in 3rd with Georgina just behind in 4th, Charlotte 21st and Annabel 29th after the opening two disciplines. A thrilling laser run followed with positions changing throughout. At the end of the 3200m course and four shooting series, it was Georgina who led the Brits across the line - as she did at the GB team selection competition last month – with an encouraging top 10 finish. On her first international appearance of the season, Alex was just behind in 12th with Annabel, the youngest member of the field climbing to 24th. Charlotte, who was also making her first international appearance since last year’s Under 17 European Championships, was just behind in 26th.
Tomorrow sees the Men’s event taking place with George Case, Toby Price, Kieran Harby and Josh Hood competing for Pentathlon GB.
Youth Olympic Qualifying will continue with ranking competitions taking place and quota places also available at the 2018 Under 19 World Championships.
Photo taken by UIPM.