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Pentathlete Pillage claims relay bronze medal at Junior European Champs

PLYMOUTH pentathlete Myles Pillage and team-mate Bradley Sutton continued Great Britain’s medal-winning streak at the 2019 Junior European Championships in Poland.

The pair claimed bronze in the men’s relay competition on Wednesday, which matched their achievement 12 months ago.

It was GB’s third podium relay placing in three days. Fellow Plymouth pentathlete Kerenza Bryson had won a silver medal in the women’s relay with Olivia Green on Tuesday, while Georgia Hannam took bronze with Oliver Murray in the mixed relay on the opening day of the championships.

Britain will now be hoping for success in the individual competitions, which start on Thursday.

Pillage and Sutton made a great start to their relay competition. They are known as two of the best swimmers on the modern pentathlon circuit and they not surprising came out of the pool on top with a time of 1:47.64, which was more than three seconds quicker than any other nation.

In the fencing hall, Sutton and Pillage were around the level mark throughout most of the discipline, eventually finishing with 15 victories and 17 defeats from their 32 bouts.

Plymouth’s Pillage and Basingstoke’s Sutton then added two additional victories in the bonus round, placing them in fifth after the opening two disciplines in Poland.

However, just had been the case in the women’s relay yesterday, the Brits took their bonus round momentum into the remainder of the afternoon. Despite a refusal for Pillage in the ride, the rest of their round was beautifully controlled, seeing them score 285 points and moving up to fourth heading into the laser-run.

Sitting just six seconds behind home favourites Poland, the Brits knew what their primary objective was. It was a task they were up to as they overtook the Polish team and held off the rest of those behind to cross the line third and claim a second successive Junior European relay bronze medal.

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