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Plymouth’s Bryson wins second gold medal at World Cup 4 in Sofia

PLYMOUTH pentathlete Kerenza Bryson capped a tremendous week by winning a second gold medal for Great Britain at World Cup 4 event in Sofia.

Just a day after claiming the women’s individual title, Bryson teamed up with GB team-mate Charlie Brown to take victory in the mixed relay crown in Bulgaria.

It all came in the same week as she had received news that she had passed her final exam after six years of studying medicine at the University of Plymouth.

After Sunday’s relay success Bryson said: “It couldn’t be better. I’m really pleased.

“It was great that Charlie could fly out just for the relay so we had fresh legs, compared to me, who did not.

“It’s been a great day, I really enjoyed it.

“We hadn’t done a relay together and it was fun. I think we will have this team again.”

The day began strongly in the riding. The British duo were one of just three pairs who scored maximum points in the ride.

After excelling all week in the fencing there was no change in the relay event for Bryson. She once again showed dominance on the piste, and Brown stepped up to match his partner, resulting in 24V/12D.

In the bonus round, Bryson skilfully won her point against her French counterpart and while Brown lost the first bout, a wickedly deft low lunge resulting on a successful hit on the Frenchman’s foot, earned the British team an additional  four points.

A solid swim of 2:04.45, was enough to maintain their lead in the competition, and as they transitioned to the laser-run, the British team were 22 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.

Bryson ran and shot confidently, and despite Mexican athlete Catherine Mayran Oliver making moves behind her, Bryson had maintained her lead, handing over to Brown with a solid gap.

The Mexican’s continued to push, and by the time Emiliano Hernandez exited the range after the first shoot, he had closed the gap to Brown to just 11 seconds.

But Brown maintained his focus, running well and handling the pressure of his final shoot with maturity far beyond his years. Having paced himself well, the 20-year-old was able to push on the final leg, and crossed the line full of elation having just won his first ever World Cup medal – and having helped Bryson top off a phenomenal week.

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