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Plymouth pentathlete Bryson wins silver medal at Czech Open

PLYMOUTH pentathlete Kerenza Bryson won a silver medal at Czech Open Championships over the weekend.

Bryson was only beaten by her British team-mate Olivia Green, with Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell, on her full international debut, finishing seventh.

Mitchell enjoyed a good swim, clocking 2:17.13, with Bryson, back in international action for the first time since March, touching in 2:21.39.

But Bryson led the way in the fencing hall, claiming 18 victories and just nine defeats from her 27 bouts.

Fellow Brits Green, Holly Parker and Mitchell all finish one hit further back (17V, 10D) with Georgia Hannam also recording a positive fence as she ended with 15 victories to her name. That left the Pentathlon GB quintet all inside the top 10 after the opening two disciplines.

It was Hannam who lost out in the ride, a fall at the first part of the triple seeing her incur a raft of time penalties whilst she remounted. On a tight and technical course, the other Brits performed admirably, Bryson winning the discipline with a score of 298 points, while Green, Parker and Mitchell all just rolled a single pole to score 293 for their rounds.

As others faltered, that left four Brits in the top five heading into the laser-run with Bryson (2nd), Green (3rd), Mitchell (4th) and Parker (5th) while Hannam dropped to 21st.

It was to be Saddleworth’s Green who grabbed the initiative though, a rapid run-shoot seeing her take victory ahead of Bryson. Germany’s Pia Bukow stopped a British clean sweep on the podium as she edged Somerset’s Parker into fourth, while Mitchell came home seven to cap a fine debut at junior and senior level.

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