Live blog: 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships day two – men’s and women’s relays

07 August 2019

It’s a busy Wednesday at the University of Bath Sports Training Village as both the men’s and women’s relays take place at the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships.

We will be providing updates on this page throughout a day that sees Bath students Myles Pillage – fresh from his mixed relay gold on Tuesday – and senior debutant Oliver Murray combine in the men’s events, while Charlie Follett and Zoe Davison look to build on their European Junior gold in the women’s relay from 2018.

MEN’S RELAY

10.30am: FENCING

It was an evenly-matched start to the day in the fencing hall but Pavel Tsikhanau and Kirill Kasyanik of Belarus and Hungary’s Istvan Malits and Richard Bereczki eventually edged ahead with 24 wins apiece from their 40 bouts, just one ahead of both Russia and Germany.

The GB duo of Oliver Murray and Myles Pillage found the going tough and finished ninth overall after winning 16 bouts.

12.00pm: SWIMMING

Murray and Pillage set a rapid time of 1:48.16 to lead the way in the London 2012 Legacy Pool, putting them some five seconds ahead of nearest challengers Danil Kalimullin and Egor Puchkarevskiy of Russia. Ukraine were third fastest but it was Belarus who maintained a narrow overall advantage.

2.40pm: RIDING

The chasing pack were able to make up ground on the leaders during a ride in gusty but dry conditions. The Czech Republic’s Martin Bilko and Ondrej Svechota recorded a clear round, picking up the maximum 300 points, and Great Britain, Italy, Ukraine and Germany all clipped just one fence apiece during the middle section of the competition while the top three of Belarus, Russia and Hungary all found the horses more difficult to handle.

That meant it was Germany’s Jan Kauffman and Pele Uibel who went into the run-shoot with a one-second lead over Ukraine’s Vladysav Rydvanskyi and Andriy Fedechko but just 18 seconds separate the top eight.

5pm: LASER-RUN

A stunning performance by University of Bath students Pillage and Murray sees them climb from eighth to take gold in front of an ecstatic home crowd.

They started 25 seconds behind leaders Germany but that margin had been reduced by the end of the second shoot and Pillage was able to push into second place with 200m of his two laps to go.

Murray then took the reins and produced an excellent first shoot to take the lead for the first time as Germany dropped to fifth. Ukraine tried to apply pressure but the senior debutant held his nerve superbly to bring GB home in style, securing the host nation’s second title in as many events at these championships. Ukraine took silver and Hungary completed the podium.

WOMEN’S RELAY

10.00am: SWIMMING

Charlie Follett and Zoe Davison got off to a flying start in the women’s relay as they won the 2x100m freestyle relay in 2:05, finishing ahead of Italy and Belarus.

12.45pm: FENCING

Follett and Davison extend their overall advantage by coming out on top in the fencing salle, winning 18 of their 32 bouts and adding two points in the bonus round by winning the final bout. Hungary and Belarus both record 17 victories to move up to second and third overall going into the ride.

3.35pm: RIDING

An eventful ride saw Great Britain lose the overall lead after a refusal for Davison at the 4th contributed to them picking up 45 penalty points, allowing the Belarusian duo of Katsiaryna Pasharneva and Katjarina Sukora to go top after conceding just eight time penalties.

Russia’s Anastasia Petrova and Ekaterina Khuraskina went clear to move up to second overall and Hungary strengthened their grip on third place, despite Kamilla Reti being thrown off her horse as she crossed the finish line – the ride was adjudged to have been completed and no additional penalties were awarded.

5.50pm: RUN-SHOOT

Belarus went from first to last in the opening shoot as Russia and Hungary established themselves as leaders by the handover. Khuraskina produced a brilliant shoot to open up a gap and she was able to build on that with a strong performance.

Behind her, Italy and Hungary were tussling for the other medals and it was the experience of Irene Prampolini – a bronze-medallist in the mixed relay – that eventually told.

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