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Plymouth pentathletes Bryson and Pillage both finish 15th in Europe

PLYMOUTH pentathletes Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage both finished 15th in their individual events at the 2019 Junior European Championships in Poland.

The pair had both won relay medals earlier in the championships, with Bryson claiming silver in the women’s event with Olivia Green and Pillage winning a bronze with Bradley Sutton in the men’s competition.

Bryson also picked up a team bronze with GB team-mates Georgia Hannam and Green, who were all in the top 18 in the individual competition.

Plymouth student Bryson, though, felt she could have done even better in the individual event.

She said afterwards: “Not the day I was hoping for with a very disappointing ride but lots of positives to take away. PB in the swim, consistent shooting and two medals – relay and team.”

In the regular fencing round, Bryson secured 20 victories before clocking 2:23.07 in the swim. She then added two extra victories in the fencing bonus round to leave her in 11th spot.

But in the riding round, Bryson got an unlucky draw with her allocated horse and suffered a refusal and a couple of knockdowns to finish with 254 points, which was still significantly more than the Ukraine athlete who had been on the same horse in the first round.

That left Bryson in 20th spot going into the laser-run.  Some sharp shooting from her saw her make significant ground to come home 15th and help GB to team bronze.

Pillage was also 15th in the men’s event on Sunday. That was his best major championship finish at junior level, but, like Bryson, it could have been even better had it not be for tough horse ride.

In the fencing ranking round, Pillage, the most experienced of the team members, led the British charge, recording 20 victories and 15 defeats from his 35 bouts.

As has become customary in the modern pentathlon world, the 21-year-old recorded the quickest time in the 200m swim, stopping the clock in 1:59.48. He was the only athlete in the field to break the two-minute barrier.

In the fencing bonus round, Pillage secured an additional point to leave him in third place.

But he dropped down to 12th spot after knocking down six poles in the ride to score 258 points.

Pillage did hold off team-mate Oliver Murray to finish as top Brit.

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