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Plymouth pentathletes Pillage and Bryson impress at World Cup event in Cairo

YOUNG Plymouth modern pentathletes Myles Pillage and Kerenza Bryson impressed at the UIPM World Cup event in Cairo.

Pillage, who had made his World Cup debut in Los Angeles last month, had not been well enough to compete in the individual event in Egypt, but he had recovered in time to take part Sunday’s mixed relay where he won a silver medal with Jo Muir.

The British duo (pictured top) were never outside the medal positions during the day-long competition.

They led after the swimming thanks to an impressive time of 1:56.81.

Then excellent fencing from both Dumfries’ Muir and former Plymouth College head boy Myles saw them secure 21 victories and 21 defeats in the ranking round before losing out to Russia in the bonus round.

However, a strong morning overall meant the pair sat third after the opening two disciplines in the Egyptian capital.

A fantastic round in the riding arena by 22-year-old Muir and 19-year-old Pillage meant they picked up 295 points to top the discipline standings, moving them up to second ahead of the closing laser-run.

It was a position the duo held throughout the 3,200m course, comfortably fending off the challenge of Hungary to claim their first World Cup medals.

Meanwhile, Bryson made her World Cup debut in the women’s individual event.

She dug deep to reach the final. Only the top 36 of the 53 competitors progressed.

And in the final, Bryson impressed to finish 26th.

The Plymouth Studio School pupil clocked 2:27.89 minutes for the swim before securing 16 victories in the fencing discipline, which left her in 29th spot.

However, she produced a flawless round in the riding event to pick up a maximum 300 points and move up to 21st.

Although the teenager lost a few players in the final laser-run discipline it was still an impressive display on her World Cup debut.

The event was won by her GB team-mate Kate French.

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