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Plymouth’s Bryson opens season with fourth place finish in Budapest

PLYMOUTH modern pentathlete Kerenza Bryson narrowly missed out on winning a medal in her opening international event of the year.

Bryson finished fourth for Great Britain in a quality tetrathlon competition (swim, fence and laser-run) at the Budapest Indoor International at the weekend.

The 21-year-old opened the event with a 2:27.73 swim, which ranked her 17th.

But it was in the fencing that Bryson began to make her mark on the competition with a brilliant sixth place finish (17V/10D) seeing her jump up to seventh overall.

An impressive fifth place finish in the laser-run (12:54.20) from Bryson saw her once again jump up the standings to finish just outside the medals in fourth place, a result which will no doubt boost her confidence in the early stages of the season.

Fellow Plymouth pentathlete Myles Pillage, who won a European gold medal with Bryson last summer, also opened his international season in Budapest.

He took part in the men’s pentathlon event, but narrowly missed out on reaching the final with an 18th place in the qualification round.

Pillage did clocked the fastest time swim in qualification with a 02:00.16, but it was in the fencing discipline he lost most ground with 16 wins, which ranked him 23th. His combined laser-run was steady, clocking 11:28.17, which was 11th quickest in his qualification pool, but it just was not enough to progress.

The British team did return with medals. Jo Muir successfully defend her 2019 title in the women’s pentathlon competition, while Joe Choong earned a well-deserved bronze medal in the men’s event. Bradley Sutton also picked up a bronze medal in the tetrathlon competition.

Pentathlon GB’s Performance Director, Jan Bartu said: “I’m pleased to see our athletes continuing to build on our medal successes from 2019.

“The season-opener in Budapest has proven a great opportunity for all of our athletes to challenge themselves against top competition and I hope we can use the results as a springboard as we continue the countdown to Tokyo 2020.”

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