After the swimming and fencing events, Bryson and Pillage lay fourth and needed to make up 20 seconds in the final combined run/shooting event, but they did just that to secure a place on the podium behind Russia and Belarus.
It was Bryson’s second medal of the championships, having won a team bronze in the women’s final. She had finished sixth overall in the individual competition.
Pillage, who had come ninth in the recent World Championships, had qualified for the men’s final in first place, thanks to a storming 1.53 second swim, but, despite another impressive swim, he had to settle for eighth in the showpiece individual event in Sant Boi.
Pillage will now head to Rio as one of two Great Britain youth pentathletes on the Olympic Ambition Programme.