Students past and present team up for top-ten finish at European Championships

07 July 2016

James Myatt and Georgia Pipes, University of Bath students past and present, teamed up to finish eighth in the mixed relay at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The day started in the pool with Sociology student Pipes and Business Administration graduate Myatt (pictured) recording a time of 2:03.62, leaving them in ninth position at the end of the opening discipline.

The Pentathlon GB duo then recorded 22 victories and 22 defeats in the fencing ranking round to move up to eighth, a position they would retain for the rest of the day.

As had 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, Pipes suffered 34 obstacle faults meaning the British duo picked up 250 points.

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.

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 where she finished seventh 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 and Rio 2016 Olympians Samantha Murray and Kate French looking to qualify for the final.

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