Under 17 Europeans finish with three relay top 10s
The 2017 Under 17 European Championships came to their conclusion yesterday with the Girls’, Boys’ and Mixed Relays. All three British teams finished inside the top 10 with Toby Price and Tom Wilton 7th in the boys’ relay, Annabel Denton and Emma Whitaker 9th in the girls’ relay and George Case and Georgina Mitchell 9th in the Mixed Relay.
Reflecting on the weekend as a whole, which included Friday’s individual competitions, Pentathlon GB Pathway Manager Stuart Mason commented “This has been an experience like no other for our young athletes in conditions that have been far from ideal. With very little escape from the baking heat, we have literally cooked each day on the field of play. Temperatures have reached the low 40’s which isn’t fun for anyone, particularly those competing.
“However, the athletes got on with it admirably and I am very pleased to say that although we have some way to go yet, with the continued commitment of our home coaches and support teams we can see definite steady improvement in the performances of our athletes.”
Story of the Day
All three relays began in the pool with the Girls’ relay the first to get underway. Plymouth’s Annabel Denton and Bolton Le Sands’ Emma Whitaker started brightly with their time of 2:11.16 placing them 4th after the opening discipline. In scorching conditions for the Laser Run, Annabel and Emma who finished 14th and 12th in the individual competition, completed the 3200m course in a time of 14:10.60, the 9th quickest time of the day which also placed them 9th at the end of the whole competition.
The boys’ relay saw Yorkshire Pentathlon Club’s Toby Price and Ashford School Pentathlon Club’s Tom Wilton competing with the British duo 3rd quickest in the 200m swim in a time of 1:56.41. With just 12 points covering the top 8, things were extremely close at the top of the leaderboard ahead of the laser run. The 16-year-olds did well throughout, eventually crossing the line in 7th place at the competitions conclusion, matching Tom's finish in the 2016 boys' relay alongside George Case.
The final relay saw Leweston Pentathlon Academy’s George Case and Plymouth College’s Georgina Mitchell in action. Somerset’s George and Warwickshire’s Georgina began their day with a time of 2:04.34 in the swim, placing them 6th after the opening discipline. As with both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, gaps between the field were minimal heading into the laser run. The young British duo completed the Championships with a time of 13:13.10, placing them in 9th place at the end of the Mixed Relay.
The next time Pentathlon GB athletes will be in action is at the Senior European Championships and Under 19 World Championships, both of which get underway on Tuesday 18th July.