Gold for Olivia Burns – As Scottish Athletes sizzle in Solihull
Scottish Development Coach Sam Sanderson accompanied five Scottish Pentathlon Development Squad athletes to the British National Pentathlon Championships in Solihull, Birmingham on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June.
The five athletes that took part were; Ryan Gauld (Millfield School), Lewis Khan (Scottish Saltires), Olivia Burns (Scottish Saltires), Daisy Foniciello (Scottish Saltires) and On Yee Orbell (Scottish Saltires).
This was their first major competition as part of the Scottish Pentathlon Development Squad and every one of them gave it their all.
Olivia Burns brought home the gold medal for her outstanding performance in the Under-15s Girls (Pellet) section.
Olivia finished 1st in the pellet shoot with a score of 73, earning her 211 points. In the swim Olivia finished in 6th place with a time of 1.09, which earned her 264 points. A perfect ride with a time of 0.56 earned Olivia 300 points to finish the ride in 3rd place. An excellent combined event with a time of 8.56 and a 3rd place finish earned Olivia 484 points. A first place finish in the fence with 22 victories and only 7 defeats was enough to secure 1st place and the gold medal (see photo) on the first day of the National Pentathlon Championships.
Amazing performance from Olivia Burns.
Ryan Gauld finished a very respectable 8th overall in the under 17 Boys section. Ryan recorded a swim time of 2.24 which earned him a 16th place finish and 238 points. In the fence Ryan finished in 14th with 7 victories and 13 defeats and 187 points. A 1st place finish in the ride with a time of 1.23 earned Ryan 300 points. In the combined event Ryan finished in 16th place with a time of 11.09 and 461 points, which resulted in a points total for the competition of 1186.
Well done Ryan!
Daisy Foniciello managed a very respectable 9th place finish in the Under-17 Girls section. A swim time of 2.45 earned Daisy 204 points in 17th place. In the fencing round, Daisy managed 13 victories with only 10 defeats to finish with 226 points in 6th place. Daisy had an excellent ride finishing with maximum 300 points and a time of 1.21 meant she finished 4th in the ride. A time of 11.39, 431 points and a 15th place finish in the combined event meant Daisy’s points total of 1161 took her to 9th place overall in the competition.
Well done Daisy!
Lewis Khan took part in the Under-19 Boys section and managed an excellent 9th place finish in his first major competition. Lewis managed a swim time of 2.29, finishing the swim in 10th place with 253 points. Up against some really tough and vastly-more experienced competition in the fence, Lewis still managed 1 victory from 24 bouts, which earned him 122 points and a 9th place finish. In the ride Lewis scored 270 points witha time of 1.28 and finished in 8th place. An 8th place finish in the combined event with a time of 13.25 earned Lewis 495 points and counted towards a total of 1140 points and an excellent 9th place finish overall in the Under-19 Boys.
Excellent effort Lewis!
On Yee Orbell was another debutant from the Scottish Pentathlon Development Squad and she did not disappoint. On Yee took part in the Under-17 Girls, but did not take part in the ride round of the competition. On Yee managed a 5th place finish in the swim with a time of 2.17, which earned her 288 points. In the fence round, On Yee managed a very respectable 7 victories with 16 defeats and finished in 20th place with 178 points. The combined event saw On Yee finish in 17th place with a time of 12.08, earning her 402 points for an overall placing of 22nd on 868 points. A fantastic achievement for another budding Scottish Pentathlete!
Well done to the competition organisers, the athletes and their coaches for an excellent competition.