Under 17 team show great fight in boiling Bulgaria
The first day of the 2017 European Championships saw all 8 British athletes show great heart and determination in sweltering conditions in Bulgaria. With the thermometer touching 39 degrees, Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell finished as the highest place British athlete in 11th, a place ahead of City of Lancaster Triathlon’s Emma Whitaker. Fellow Plymouth College athlete Annabel Denton finished 14th with Saint Felix School’s Kamie Lowe 30th on just their second ever overseas international appearances.
In the boys’ competition, Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s George Case led the team home in 13th with Ashford School Pentathlon Club’s Tom Wilton 25th. On their Under 17 European Championships debuts, Yorkshire Pentathlon Club duo Toby Price and Josh Hood finished 31st and 35th to round off a promising day for the young team in conditions alien to British athletes.
Story of the day
The day began in the pool with the girls’ 200m swim. 16-year-old Georgina, who the topped the 2017 Pentathlon GB Under 17 Ranking List, headed the British athletes with a time of 2:16.41, the 7th quickest of the day. Fellow 16-year-old Kamie recorded a 2:19.89 with Emma, who was the only member of the girls’ team to compete at last year’s Championships, stopping the clock on 2:21.03. 14-year-old Annabel, one of the youngest members of the field, clocked a 2:23.92, to open her competition.
The gaps between most of the girls were extremely small meaning the laser run was going to be crucial to the outcome of the Championships. Once again, all four girls performed strongly with Warwick’s Georgina recording a laser run time of 10:33.21 to cross the line 11th and finish as the top Brit. Bolton-le-Sands’ Emma time of 10:26.28 was the tenth quickest of the day, moving her up to 12th at the line, 2 places ahead of Plymouth’s Annabel who also picked up places during the laser run with her time of 10:30.25. On her Under 17 European Championships debut, Hertfordshire’s Kamie recorded a time of 11:28.00 in the laser run, giving herself a top 30 finish.
The results saw the British team of Georgina, Emma and Annabel agonisingly miss out on a medal by just 13 points.
The boys also began their day in the pool where 16-year-old Tom led the British charge with a rapid 2:04.15, the second quickest time of the day. Toby, who headed the 2017 Pentathlon GB Under 17 Ranking List, recorded a time of 2:12.30 with 15-year-old George just over a second behind in 2:13.35. Hull’s Josh swam a time of 2:20.49, narrowly outside his personal best which he set at the British Youth Pentathlon Championships on Sunday.
As with the girls’ competition, the gaps were narrow after the opening discipline and it was Somerset’s George who led the British team home in 13th after the laser run, moving up thirteen places after the 10th quickest laser run of the day (08:54.53) and also improving on his 2016 result by eight positions.
Kent’s Tom secured a top 25 finish with a 09:32.66 laser run, six places ahead of 16-year-old Toby in 31st after the Yorkshire athlete’s 09:30.47 time. Josh, who was making just his second oversea appearance moved up four places to cross the line 35th with the second quickest British laser run time of the competition (09:27.36).
Tomorrow is a rest day before the Championships conclude on Sunday with the Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Relays taking place.