Live blog: 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships day one – mixed relay

06 August 2019

The 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships are finally under way at the University of Bath Sports Training Village!

Ten nations are competing in the opening event, the mixed relay, which features talented young duo Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage representing Pentathlon GB.

Tickets are available on the door for spectators, so come along and watch top-class international sport!

We will be updating this page throughout the day after each of the five disciplines.

10.15am: SWIMMING

If the rest of the week matches this opening heat, we are in for a treat! A storming finish by Myles Pillage sees the Brit chase down Russia’s Viacheslav Bardyshev to win Heat 2 by just four-hundredths of a second and set the fastest time of 1:56.46. Lithuania take third place as the only other nation to go under two minutes.

Heat 1 saw Hungary touch the wall first but they were later eliminated for an incorrect handover. That means it is the German duo of Pia Bukow and Matthias Sandten who take the victory.

1.30pm: FENCING

Pillage and Bryson continued their fine form into the fencing, coming out on top with 23 wins to maintain their overall lead. Ivan Khamtsou and Volha Silkina of Belarus also performed well to finish runners-up on 21 wins.

However, it was the Hungarian duo of Szabo and Simon who excelled in the fencing bonus round, picking up some much-needed points after a rare clean sweep of victories in all nine bouts.

3.40pm: RIDING

An excellent performance by Pillage and Bryson saw the young British duo extend their lead as they concede just seven penalty points while their nearest rivals suffered mishaps during a testing riding round.

Sikina of second-placed Belarus was thrown by her horse, while third-placed Lithuania were eliminated after four refusals for the unfortunate Dovidas Vaivada.

Slovakia’s Alica Lichancova and Filip Lichanec were the only nation to have a clear round, although they did pick up 22 time penalties, while solid performances from Russia and Italy moved them back into medal contention.

5.20pm: RUN-SHOOT

Pillage and Bryson complete a dominant performance by easing to a golden victory in front of a delighted home crowd. They started with a 40-second advantage following their earlier performances and were never in danger of being caught as they finished well clear of the field.

The Czech Republic duo of Eliska Pribylova and David Kindl shot well to move up from fourth to take silver, while Italy’s Irene Prampolini and Valerio Grasselli won bronze.

The European Championships, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier, continue until Sunday at the University of Bath. Click here for ticket information.

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