British biathlon title for young athletes

Plymouth College modern pentathlon scholars returned from the British Schools’€™ Biathlon Championships with the U15 girls’ title

The competition took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and included swimming at the Olympic 2012 swimming pool, the London Aquatic Centre. The girls – Ella Ellis, 15, Catherine Bishop, 14, and Coral Hays, 15 – won in the swim/run event, particularly impressive achievement since, as pentathletes, they train in five disciplines whereas the majority of the other competitors just swim and run. Their individual placings were Coral 17th, Ella 21st and Catherine 35th.

In the U16 girls’ category Kerenza Bryson finished 8th overall while Kerrie Johnson finished 31st after beating her personal best time by 11 seconds in the swim. It was a personal triumph for Oliver Smart whose second place overall in the U11 boys included a third place in the run and sixth place in the swim.

Modern Pentathlon coach, Josh Lake, said: “It was an inspirational experience for the pentathletes to compete at the Olympic Park, particularly in the pool. We saw some excellent individual performances and a fantastic team result for the U15 girls. The event was great preparation leading into the rest of the season.”

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