City of Plymouth’s Bee wins England pentathlon title in Sheffield

CITY of Plymouth athlete Emily Bee was crowned England under-17 indoor pentathlon champion on Saturday.

Bee produced an impressive score of 3,669 points to triumph by 45 points in a tough competition at Sheffield.

Her City of Plymouth team-mate Sammie Harris just narrowly missed out on joining her on the podium in South Yorkshire. Harris finished fourth with 3,606 points, which was just eight points off bronze and 18 off silver.

Bee’s score puts her seventh on the all-time UK ranking list.

She ran 8.77 seconds in the 60m hurdles, equalled her high jump PB of 1.62m, threw 10.45m in the shot, leaped 5.33m in the long jump and ran 2:26.19 minutes for the 800m.

Harris smashed her PB in the 60m hurdles, clocking 8.63 seconds to move up to fourth in the UK ranking list, just behind Bee. She then managed 1.59m in the high jump, 10.67m in the shot, 5.14m in the long and ran an 800m PB of 2:27.73 minutes.

Harris was in the top two for the first three events but just lost a bit of ground in the long jump, which is normally one of her best events. Two weeks ago she leaped 5.71m, which puts her fifth in the UK rankings.

However, this weekend’s results will have given both Plymouth athletes confidence ahead of the outdoor season.

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