James Myatt and Georgia Pipes finished 8th in the Mixed Relay on the third day of the Senior European Championships in Sofia yesterday. It was a battling performance from the two Brits in sweltering conditions in the Hungarian capital.
The day started in the pool with Easingwold’s Pipes and Maidstone’s Myatt recording a time of 2:03.62; leaving them in 9th position at the end of the opening discipline. Pentathlon GB’s 2nd level fence in as many days saw the duo record 22 victories and 22 defeats in the fencing ranking round with 12 victories coming courtesy of 20 year-old Pipes. This lifted the Brits to 8th at the end of the morning, a position they would retain throughout the rest of the day.
As has been the case with the Women’s and Men’s Relays on the opening two days of the competition, many athletes struggled in their ride. After her clear round on Monday, junior athlete Pipes suffered 34 obstacle faults meaning the British duo picked up 250 points and remained in 8th place ahead of the closing run-shoot.
A strong combined event of 12:36.88 concluded the day for the Brits but they were unable to overhaul any of the teams above them and had to settle for 8th.
Czech Republic’s Natalie Dianova and Jan Kuf claimed gold with Russia taking silver and Italy bronze respectively.
The event concludes Pipes’ debut Senior European Championships with the young Brit having already competed in the Women’s Relay on Monday when she finished 7th alongside 21 year old Joanna Muir.
Myatt, meanwhile, will be back in action on Friday when he takes part in the Men’s Individual Qualification.
Thursday sees the Women’s Individual competition starting with Muir, Samantha Murray and Kate French looking to qualify for the final.
Report courtesy of Pentathlon GB