Bath Pentathlon Club’s Sarah Wilson made it two wins from two at this year’s Pentathlon GB National Under 19 Ranking Competitions with an impressive victory in tough winter conditions in Bath. In the boys’ event it looked like it was going to be a clean sweep too only for James Wilton to snatch victory from Toby Price due to Price suffering a time penalty after an infringement in his final shoot.
It meant Ashford School Modern Pentathlon Club’s Wilton took the top spot with Yorkshire Pentathlon’s Price 2nd and Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s George Case in 3rd. In the women’s event, Sarah beat German athlete Esther Fernandez into 2nd with Dacorum MPC’s Alex Bousfield 3rd. Fernandez was one of sixteen German athletes competing on the day as part of a week-long training camp in the UK.
Story of the Day – Girls’ Event
An early start to the day saw the girls begin their day in the fencing hall. With a bumper entry list of 38 for the second youth selection competition of the season, it was a long battle for the girls but Isabella Summers, younger sister of 2015 Junior World Champion Francesca, came out on top with a stunning score of 33 victories and 4 defeats from her 37 bouts. That saw the North Kent MPC athlete finish 4 hits ahead of her nearest competitor, Germany’s Anastasia Einsiedler, with Wilson, Bousfield and Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell all finishing the discipline with 26 victories to their name.
In the pool, it was Mitchell who led the way in a time of 2:20.64, ahead of fellow Plymouth College athlete Annabel Denton (2:21.13) and Germany’s Rosalie Hanel (2:21.30). A significant improvement in her own swim performance ensured 14-year-old Summers held on to her advantage after the opening two disciplines.
As is often the case, things changed dramatically in the laser run with Wilson coming through from 5th to take victory. The quickest laser run of the day saw Fernandez move up to second, pipping Bousfield to silver in a sprint finish. Another German, Annika Schneider, also produced a strong laser run to move up to 4th with Einsiedler 5th, Summers 6th and Mitchell 7th at the line. Whitaker and Denton who finished second and third at the opening ranking competition last month came home 8th and 9th respectively on this occasion with Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s Kezia Barnard rounding out the top 10.
Story of the Day – Boys’ Event
The boys began their day in the pool with Wilton’s younger brother Tom leading the way in a time of 2:04.53, just ahead of Hartpury’s Jack White (2:05.94), reversing the result of the first Under 19 Ranking Competition. Millfield School’s Nick Laws (2:07.44) finished the discipline standings in 3rd.
Most of the intrigue came in the fencing salle with the leading contenders moving themselves into position ahead of the laser run. As he did in January, Blidworth’s Kieran Harby won the fence, picking up 23 victories and 6 defeats from his 29 bouts. He was closely followed by Millfield School’s Will Howard on 22 victories and Price on 21 victories meaning the trio moved into the top 3 positions after two disciplines.
Although the final gaps were slightly bigger, the boys’ laser run once again proved to be a thrilling spectacle with positions changing throughout and a real battle throughout the top 6. Price crossed the finish line first, but it was to be Wilton who took victory following a 10 second penalty for the Yorkshire athlete for not touching the table between shots during his final shooting series after an earlier warning.
Behind the leading duo, Case moved up to 3rd with Harby 4th and Tom Wilton 5th. Hartpury College’s Josh Hood was another athlete to gain significant ground in the final discipline as he finished the event in 6th ahead of Howard and another Hartpury athlete, Montgomery Podger. West Midlands MPC’s Guy Anderson and Pentathlon Newcastle’s Dan Joyce rounded out the top 10 on a bitterly cold day at Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath.
The third Under 19 Ranking Competition of the year takes place next month, and will be held at our academy Whitgift School in London.
Report courtesy of Pentathlon GB