Jess Varley bags bronze brace as Pentathlon GB athletes impress at U24 European Championships

22 October 2017

University of Bath graduate Jess Varley left the first-ever U24 European Modern Pentathlon Championships with two bronze medals after a successful visit to Poland for Pentathlon GB.

Varley, who studied Natural Sciences, took women’s team bronze with Zoe Davison and Kerenza Bryson before returning to the podium with fellow Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) athlete Jamie Harper in the mixed relay (pictured left).

Davison, Bryson and Varley finished fifth, eighth and ninth respectively in the women’s individual final to secure their team medal.

Harper, who has just started a Sports Performance course at the University, then produced a sprint finish in a thrilling run-shoot to ensure he and Varley ended the weekend on a successful note.

Zoe Davison, Kerenza Bryson and Jess Varley on the podium after winning women’s team bronze

Meanwhile, MJ Church Ambassador Joe Choong, who studies Mathematics at the University, finished a fine seventh at the Champion of Champions competition in Doha despite having only just returned to training after a post-season break.

It was only in the final discipline where the lack of training seemed to catch up with Choong but the Brit showed grit and determination to lose just two places in the run-shoot.

Pentathlon GB Coach Marco Quattrini said: “Joe performed well and this competition was good experience for him. However, it is still possible for him to improve and we must work hard and have patience over the winter before returning next year.”

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