Valuable competition experience for British youngsters in Men's Relays
Day 2 of the Senior European Championships and Under 19 World Championships saw the turn of the men as their relays took place with all four Pentathlon GB athletes competing gaining valuable competition experience.
Senior Euros Round Up
Day 2 of the Senior European Championships in Minsk saw the men’s relay taking place with Junior athletes Myles Pillage and Bradley Sutton competing for Pentathlon GB, providing them with valuable competition experience in just their first year at Junior age level. The young British duo competed well throughout the day against vastly more experienced athletes, eventually finishing in 11th place.
The competition started with the 200m swim, Plymouth’s Myles and Basingstoke’s Brad demonstrating their significant prowess in the discipline with their time of 1:48.44 nearly 4 seconds quicker than any other team.
The British duo, who both moved to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath last September, then picked up 17 victories and 27 defeats in the fencing salle, meaning they were in 9th place after the opening two disciplines.
A single refusal along with a handful of time faults meant former Plymouth College student Myles and former Hartpury College student Brad picked up 274 points for their ride, maintaining their 9th position ahead of the concluding laser run.
A time of 11:36.55 in the final discipline saw the British duo cross the line 11th as they gained great experience at a Senior major championships. Myles will be competing again on Monday in the Mixed Relay alongside Jess Varley who finished 5th in the Women’s Relay with Charlie Follett yesterday.
Tomorrow sees Women’s Qualifying taking place for the individual event with Kate French, Sam Murry, Jo Muir and Franke Summers competing for Pentathlon GB.
Under 19 Worlds Round Up
The Under 19 World Championships also saw the male athletes competing with the boys’ relay taking place in Prague. Kent’s James Wilton and Yorkshire’s Toby Price battled back to finish a creditable 15th after a tough day in the fencing hall.
The competition began in the pool where Ashford School Pentathlon Club’s James and Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s Toby recorded a time of 1:54.01, the 11th quickest of the day. However, there was little to choose betwen most of the teams with just 25 points separating the top 19 nations.
The British duo then moved to the fencing hall where they picked up 9 victories and 29 defeats, leaving them in 19th after the opening two disciplines. Despite a tough afternoon, the young British duo responded well in the concluding laser run with their time of 11 minutes, 22 seconds moving them up four places to 15th at the competitions close.
Both James and Toby will be back in action on Friday when they compete in qualifying for the boys’ individual event. George Budden and George Case will complete the British line-up.
Tomorrow sees girls’ qualifying taking place in the Czech capital with Olivia Green, Zoe Davison, Georgina Mitchell and Emma Whitaker in action for Pentathlon GB.