Year 13 Sporting Success

23rd April 2014

Ben has had a busy couple of weeks over the Easter holiday. On Sunday 6th April Ben took part in the final of the British Schools Biathlon Championships having qualified from an earlier regional competition. This competition is run by Pentathlon GB and comprises a run and swim, two of the 5 events from the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon. The event took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the opening weekend to the public. Ben was competing in the under19 age group against 26 athletes representing schools from all over the country, in total almost 800 boys and girls competed in the various age groups over the weekend. The 200m swim took place first in the 50m Olympic pool. Ben was the only swimmer to go under 2 minutes from all the athletes, finishing in a creditable 1.58. The competition is based on points for times achieved in both disciplines so this gave Ben a good advantage going into the run.

The run is 1600m and for this event it was not on track but on a course looping round a tarmac area adjacent to the Olympic pool with some tight corners to negotiate. This is not a surface Ben is used to running on and with parts of the surface wet from earlier rain it proved to be a challenge to all the athletes. Ben finished 7th in the run but the overall points were enough to secure him first place by a clear margin and become the U 19 British Schools Biathlon Champion, see attached results sheet. This is the first time Ben has won the British Schools Biathlon title although he has achieved podium finishes as part of Chatham House teams in the past.

Following this Ben travelled to Berlin with 3 other Team GB youth male athletes to take part in a week long training camp with athletes from all over Europe. The event in Barcelona this weekend is the final selection event for the Modern Pentathlon European Youth Championships in July.

We wish Ben the best of luck.

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