Two for Olivia at championships

LYDGATE modern pentathlete Olivia Green’s remarkable year continued as the 19-year-old won two medals at the Junior World Championships.

Olivia Green

Olivia won bronzes in the team relay and mixed relay only weeks after also picking up two medals at the at the same venue in Poland at the Junior European Championships.

And after also winning the Czech Open and claiming bronze in the Swiss Open International, Olivia has won six medals this year.

The opening success in Drzonkow came when Olivia teamed up with Georgia Hannam and Kerenza Bryson to claim team bronze, matching their feat in the Junior European Championships.

Oliva had 16 victories in the fencing and had the best British swim for 200m in 2:18:17 as she was 20th after two disciplines.

The ride caused issues for many of the athletes, including six eliminations, but Olivia rolled only one pole as the 293 points collected lifted her to 11th place.

And a strong performance in the laser run saw Oliva maintain 11th place.

Olivia, the youngest member of the British women’s squad in Poland, also finished 11th in her Junior World Championship debut.

Olivia and Myles Pillage then produced a fine display to claim bronze in the mixed relay on a dramatic final day at the championships.

On a fascinating day which saw massive changes in every discipline, the British duo kept their nerve to secure the final place on the podium and cap a fine week for Pentathlon GB athletes with the fourth medal.

The mixed relay began in the pool and it was the British duo who were quickest out of the traps, setting the standard with a 1:56:38 for their 200m swim.

In the fencing hall, they secured 19 victories and 15 defeats from their 34 bouts, keeping them in touch with the discipline leaders. They then added two further points to their tally in the fencing bonus round courtesy of victories over Mexico and Hungary.

That left the University of Bath students sixth after the opening two disciplines with South Korea heading the way after impressing on the piste.

They scored 285 points in the showjumping after lowering a single pole and accumulating a handful of time penalties.

The young British duo then watched on as all five nations above them faulted with a string of penalties as the overall leaderboard was once again turned on its head. Previous leaders South Korea were remarkably one of seven nations to be eliminated, scoring zero as a result, and ending their medal chances.

It meant that Saddleworth’s Green and Plymouth’s Pillage leapfrogged all those ahead of them and returned back to the top of the overall standings. However, with just 35 points covering the top six nations there were still more twists and turns to follow in the laser run.

It was to be the shooting range where most of the drama unfolded as the Egyptian pairing of Salma Abdelmaksoud and current Youth Olympics Games Ahmed Elgendy took advantage of others mistakes to take a lead that they would not relinquish with Russia coming through to take silver.

However, some strong running from Olivia and Myles ensured they took the final step on the podium, holding off a late charge from home favourites Poland to take bronze.

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