Double gold for Kerenza Bryson and first World Cup title for Bath student Charlie Brown as Pentathlon GB celebrate in Sofia

14 May 2023

Kerenza Bryson claimed double gold and there was a first international victory for University of Bath student Charlie Brown as Pentathlon GB enjoyed an excellent weekend at the UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bryson was in fantastic form throughout the women’s individual final on Saturday, recording a perfect record and picking up several bonus points in the fencing ranking round to go into the decisive laser-run in fourth place.

Kerenza Bryson (centre) won women’s individual gold in Sofia – her first-ever World Cup medal. PICTURE CREDIT: UIPM / Aistė Ridikaitė

She quickly made up the 14 seconds gap to the leader and held onto her advantage on the last lap to secure both her first World Cup medal in impressive fashion and Pentathlon GB’s first podium place of 2023.

They did not have to wait long for their second, Bryson teaming up with Sport Management and Coaching student Brown to win mixed relay gold on Sunday.

The duo led throughout the day following strong performances in the fencing and riding, with Brown showing great maturity in the decisive leg of the laser-run to bring them home in first place.

Saturday’s individual finals had also seen Olympic and World Champion Joe Choong narrowly miss out a medal in the men’s event after crossing the line fourth following a sprint finish. Team-mate Myles Pillage was 15th.

Three other Brits joined Bryson in the women’s final, where Jess Varley once again excelled in the laser-run to move through the field and place fifth. Charlie Follett was eighth and Santander Sporting Scholar Emma Whitaker was 13th.

The Pentathlon World Championships 2023 are coming to the University of Bath this August, with tickets on sale now for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifying event. Click here to find out more.

Picture credit: UIPM / Aistė Ridikaitė

Partners and Suppliers