Students Emma Whitaker and Charlie Brown join forces to win mixed relay gold for Pentathlon GB at Junior World Championships
Both had recorded top-ten finishes in Saturday’s individual finals, with Sports Performance student Whitaker – who is supported by a Santander Sporting Scholarship – placing fifth in the women’s competition and Sports Management & Coaching student Brown finishing eighth in the men’s event.
The duo then combined to great effect in Sunday’s relay, winning 21 of their 32 fencing bouts and recording one of only three clear rounds in the riding to lead the field from early on. They cemented that with the second-best time in the swimming pool to take a 23-second lead into the laser-run, which they maintained to bring home the gold.
Whitaker said: “It’s nice to end on a high. We both had good individual performances which we were pleased with but no medals, so it’s nice to take a medal home.”
Brown added: “There are so many people I would like to thank personally – friends, family, coaches. If you don’t think you’ve played a part you really have, the support has been unreal. Thank you very much.”
Seven University of Bath students represented Pentathlon GB during a busy week of high-standard international competition, with Guy Anderson (Accounting and Finance) also qualifying for the men’s final where he placed 12th.
All of the athletes combine study with training at the University of Bath, which has been home to Pentathlon GB’s world-leading National Training Centre for the past 24 years and will host the Senior World Championships in August 2023.