The 2019 British Open Modern Pentathlon held at the University of Bath saw 2 days of closely fought action between a top field of international athletes – including several Tokyo Olympic hopefuls – resulting in the first time British Championship wins for both Sam Curry and Joanna Muir.

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A slightly amended format saw competitors start the competition at the University of Bath for the fencing, swimming, and laser run before West Wiltshire Riding Centre became the backdrop for the battle of the final positions – a battle made particularly exciting by the high caliber of riding seen at this year’s championships.

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Strong performances from several competitors across all disciplines, meant the men’s competition was hotly contested throughout the day. An impressive laser run from Curry secured him 1st place going into the final event, and a strong performance in the ride saw him awarded Gold. Myles Pillage was consistent throughout the day, earning him the silver place, whilst Oliver Murray just squeezed out James Cooke in the battle for bronze and secured his third place by just 2 points.

In the women’s competition, Muir’s consistent performance saw her lead the field throughout the competition, closely followed by Francesca Summers. Third place exchanged hands several times throughout the day, but a notable laser run and ride saw Jessica Varley secure the bronze medal.

The day began in the fencing hall, in a closely fought contest that saw nine athletes separated by just 2 hits. Myles Pillage took top place with 17 victories to 7 defeats, closely followed by Sam Curry, Oliver Murray, Joseph Choong, and Henry Choong, all of whom finished just one hit out of 16 victories to 8 defeats, and James Cooke, Jamie Harper, Joshua Hood and Roland Kamany just one hit further afield (15).

The competition remained close after the swim with both Pillage (1:53.21) and H.Choong (1:54.18) continuing to show form in the pool, ahead of Cooke (1:57.06), Sutton (1:57.28) and J.Choong (1:59.41) who also achieved times under 2 minutes.

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The Laser-Run results proved to be the critical point in the competition. With Curry (10:54.59) finishing top as the only competitor to go under the 11-minute mark and less than a second splitting 2nd and 3rd place, Harper (11:02.90) and Cooke (11:03.65), the ranking moving into the final event (ride) saw Curry in 1st place, followed by Cooke and Pillage. Fourth place in the laser run for Murray (11:13.10) would also prove vital to final placings.

After moving to West Wiltshire Riding Centre for the final event of the day, the competition finished as strongly as it had started, with eight competitors scoring maximum points and achieving clear rounds – including eventual 2nd place, Pillage; a result which also secured him, Top Junior, at the event.

Similar to the men’s event the day before, the women’s fencing results saw the top 7 competitors split by just 2 hits, with Joanna Muir, Francesca Summers, Holly Parker, Alexandra Bousfield scoring 19 hits to 8 defeats, followed just behind by Kerenza Bryson (18) and then Jessica Varley and Georgina Mitchell (17).

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The Laser-Run saw Muir (12:03.86) and Summers (12:35.93) further cement their places at the top of the pack with a 1st and 3rd place respectively, split by Olivia Green (12:33.48) who put on an impressive performance to secure the 2nd fastest time of the day and moved up to 5th in the overall standings, behind Varley and Follett.

Despite picking up penalties in the ride, Muir and Summers’ consistency throughout the day saw them finish in Gold and Silver place and after a vital fifth-place finish in the laser run, Varley secured her bronze medal with a clinical ride, securing one of just four clear rounds in the competition.  Charlotte Hicks was awarded top junior after an impressive performance saw the young athlete finish 5th overall.

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