Women’s team bronze caps successful week for rising Pentathlon GB stars at Junior European Championships

09 June 2019

University of Bath students Georgia Hannam and Olivia Green teamed up with Kerenza Bryson to win Pentathlon GB‘s fourth medal of the 2019 Junior Modern Pentathlon European Championships – team bronze in the women’s final.

All three of them produced fine individual displays to record top-20 finishes in Poland – Hannam 11th, Bryson 15th and Green 18th – and those scores added together saw the trio claim the final spot on the team podium.

Hannah, who studies Physical Activity & Health and is supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, won 21 of her bouts in the fencing ranking round and then recorded the seventh-fastest time in the swimming pool of 2:16.99 before picking up an additional victory in the fencing bonus round to sit seventh overall at the halfway mark.

A calm and composed display in the riding arena saw Hannam pick up just five time penalties to climb to third going into the laser run but while she was unable to hang on to a top-ten finish in a tightly-contested field, 11th was still her best-ever international result at junior level.

Bryson made up significant ground in the final discipline to climb from 20th to 15th, while Team Bath Dual Career athlete Green – who has just finished the first year of a Sport & Exercise Science degree – dropped just one place as she placed 18th in her first major championship final at junior level.

The performances saw the British trio claim team bronze, the second medal of the week for all three athletes after Green and Bryson’s women’s relay silver on Tuesday and Hannam’s mixed relay bronze alongside Oliver Murray on Monday.

The men’s final on Sunday saw Biochemistry student Myles Pillage, supported by a Trendell Sports Scholarship, lead the Brits home in 15th place – his best major championship finish at junior level.

Murray, who studies Electronic & Electrical Engineering, was two places further back and Will Howard finished 27th on his international debut.

The Junior European Championships may be over but the Senior European Championships are rapidly approaching – and will be staged this summer at the University of Bath, proud hosts of Pentathlon GB. Tickets are on sale now for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event, taking place from August 6-11 – click here for further details.

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