Kerenza Bryson and Georgia Hannam produced a brilliant display to claim women’s relay silver on the opening day of the Junior World Championships in Poland, taking Pentathlon GB’s 2019 medal count to 20 in the process.
The British duo have both enjoyed fine seasons, already contributing to the medal count, including relay and team medals at the Junior European Championships last month, but upped that to world silver on a day which saw them in the medal hunt throughout.
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After a week-long training camp in Berlin, 21-year-old Hannam and 20-year-old Bryson began their Junior World Championships campaign in the pool with the 200m swim. A solid start saw the Brits clock a 2:12.08, leaving them in the mid-pack after the opening discipline.
It was the fencing hall where the Pentathlon GB pairing vaulted themselves into contention, a string of excellent hits seeing Lancashire’s Hannam and Plymouth’s Bryson record 21 victories and just 7 defeats from their 28 bouts, three victories ahead of any other nation.
Although they didn’t add to that tally in the bonus round, the Brits still topped the overall standings at the end of the morning.
On their allocated horses Wulkan and Barbossa, it was just poles that dented the Brits score, but they still picked up 264 points, leaving them 2nd heading into the concluding laser run. However, with just 23 seconds covering the top 6, everything was still to play for and yet another enthralling run-shoot followed.
University of Bath student Hannam and Plymouth University’s Bryson held their nerve though, taking just 40 seconds for their 4 shoots as they remained in the medal places to take an impressive and deserved silver medal with the second quickest laser run time. A stunning run-shoot saw Russia take gold with the Czech Republic completing the podium.
Hannam and Bryson will both be back in action on Tuesday for women’s individual qualifying. Tomorrow sees the men’s relay taking place in Drzonkow with Bradley Sutton and Oliver Murray in action for Pentathlon GB.
Courtesy of Pentathlon GB