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Pillage wins mixed relay medal at Junior World Championships in Poland

Myles Pillage and Olivia Green celebrate their bronze medal (picture UIPM Krzysztof)

PLYMOUTH pentathlete Myles Pillage ended the Junior World Championships in Poland by winning a bronze medal in the mixed relay with Olivia Green.

On a fascinating day in Drzonkow, where there were major changes in every discipline, the British duo kept their nerve to secure the final place on the podium and cap a fine week for Pentathlon GB athletes.

It was a great way for Pillage to bounce back from the disappointment of slipping out of a medal placing in the laser-run of the individual event 24 hours earlier and having to settle for 10 spot.

The mixed relay began in the pool and it was the British duo who were quickest out of the traps, setting the standard with a 1:56.38 for their 200m swim.

In the fencing hall, a strong finish saw the GB duo finish with 19 victories and 15 defeats from their 34 bouts, keeping them in touch with the discipline leaders. The then added two further points to their tally in the fencing bonus round courtesy of victories over Mexico and Hungary.

That left them sixth after the opening two disciplines with South Korea heading the way.

In the men’s final, the riding arena scuppered British chances of medals. Twenty-four hours on and there was more drama in the third discipline, but on this occasion it was GB at the fore with a fine round from Green and Pillage seeing them score 285 points. The young British duo then watched on as all five nations above them faulted with a string of penalties turning the leaderboard on its head. Previous leaders South Korea were remarkably one of seven nations to be eliminated, scoring zero as a result, and ending their medal chances.

It meant Green and Pillage leapfrogged all those ahead of them and returned back to the top of the overall standings. However, with just 35 points covering the top six nations there were still more twists and turns to follow in the laser-run.

It was to be the shooting range where most of the drama unfolded as the Egyptian pairing of Salma Abdelmaksoud and Ahmed Elgendy took advantage of others mistakes to take a lead that they would not relinquish with Russia coming through to take silver. However, some strong running from Green and Pillage ensured they took the final step on the podium, holding off a late charge from home favourites Poland to take bronze and secure a fourth British medal of the week at the Junior World Championships.

 

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