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Plymouth’s Bryson wins European relay silver medal with Green in Poland

Kerenza Bryson and Olivia Green celebrate on the podium in Poland (picture by Phil Sutton)

PLYMOUTH’S Kerenza Bryson won a women’s relay silver medal for Great Britain with Olivia Green on the second day of the 2019 Junior European Championships in Poland.

There was little to choose between the leading nations throughout the day but a strong finish saw the Brits take the second step on the podium.

The relay began in the pool where the British duo clocked a time of 2:11.65 to get their day off to a solid start.

A level fence of 18 victories and 18 defeats followed which Bryson and Green were sixth in the overall standings.

But the duo made ground with a wonderful string of five victories in the fencing bonus round moved them up to fifth.

They continued to rise up the field in the ride. Although they rolled three poles to score 279 points, that was better than most of their rivals and they rose to third overall.

There was just 23 seconds separating the top eight teams at the start of the 3,200m laser-run.

The podium places changed throughout the course but the British duo kept their composure with some sharp shooting from Bryson and strong running from Green to see them cross the line in second to claim silver behind the Czech Republic.

On Wednesday, fellow Plymouth pentathlete Myles Pillage will make his debut at the championships in the men’s relay with Bradley Sutton.

Bryson will then be back in action on Thursday in the women’s individual qualifying.

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