YOUNG Plymouth modern pentathlete Myles Pillage missed out on reaching the final on his UIPM World Cup debut in Los Angeles.
However, the 18-year-old gained valuable experience competing for Great Britain at senior level against the world’s best.
The former Plymouth College pupil started the competition in fine style, recording the fastest swim in his semi-final pool.
Pillage clocked 2:00.73 for the 200m swim, which was three seconds quicker than any of his rivals in Group B.
Unfortunately, though, he Pillage did not have the best fencing competition and fell well down the standings.
Although he hit back in the combined laser shoot-run event, he had left himself with too much to do to make the final.
Only the top 36 from 64 semi-finals made it through to Friday’s final. Pillage, the youngest member of Great Britain’s team, finished 46th overall out of the 64 competitors, which included the last two Olympic champions, Alexander Lesun and David Svoboda.
Fellow Brits, Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis did progress. Olympian and former world number one Cooke came seventh overall in the semi-final standings, Curry was 17th and Toolis was 33rd.