GB duo Kerenza Bryson and Myles Pillage gained the initial title of the week at Modern Pentathlon Championships as they sued gold in the assorted relay competition in Bath in England to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Bryson and Pillage set the fastest time in the swimming pool to earn a lead they never relinquished as they surged to victory at the end of the run-shoot element at the University of Bath.
Their time of 1min 56.46sec for their 200m freestyle was the quickest by the ten nations competing and they built on that lead in the fencing section with 23 wins. Belarusian pair Ivan Khamtsou and Volha Silkina secured 21 wins to finish as runners-up and stay in contention for a podium end in the water polo game for the Olympic 2020.
Pillage and Bryson lengthy their lead in the riding event, approved just seven penalties as their rivals writhed. Sikina was thrown from her horse as the second-placed Belarusians hesitated and Lithuania were removed after four snubs for Dovidas Vaivada.
The lone clear rounds expired to Alicia Lichancova and Filip Lichanec from Slovakia but they selected 22-time penalties as Russia and Italy enthused into medal argument. Pillage and Bryson arrived at the final stage, the run-shoot, with a 40-second benefit and they were not ever in danger of being caught as they finished clear of their rivals for gold.
Their winning points haul was 1,438 points. Czech State duo Eliška Přibylová and David Kindl shot healthy to move up from quarter to take silver on 1,419 points, while Italy’s Irene Prampolini and Valerio Grasselli won bronze on 1,412 opinions.