Evans 16th and Curry 21st at World Juniors
Britain’s men couldn’t add to the team gold won by the women yesterday at the Modern Pentathlon World Junior Championships in Poland.
Joe Evans, back in action for the first time after a season hampered by injury, and Sam Curry came home in 16th and 21st respectively in the men’s individual final in Drzonków (today).
Evans made a bright start, emerging from the fencing in sixth place with 226 pentathlon points after scoring 21 victories from his 35 bouts. Curry also fenced well, winning 19 contests for 214 points and joint 13th.
Russia’s Egor Puchkarevskiy took an early lead, winning 25 contests worth 250 points.
Evans closed the gap on the Russian with the fastest swim of the day. His 200m freestyle time of 1:58.34 earned 345 points, moving him up to second behind Puchkarevskiy. Curry clocked 2:03.26, the eighth fastest time, to add 331 points to his total and climb to 10th.
With 11 time penalties and 25 obstacle penalties, Evans took 254 of the maximum 300 points from the riding discipline. That took his overall points total to 825, which saw him drop down to seventh going into the run/shoot.
Curry did better in the ride. He sustained 14 time penalties and 14 obstacle penalties to add 272 points to his total and stay 10th place. He went to the run/shoot on 817 points.
Evans started the run/shoot 52 seconds behind Puchkarevskiy, who continued to lead, with Curry a further eight seconds behind his team-mate.
But Evans’ run/shoot time of 12:25.38 saw him drop out of the top-10 and finish in 16th. Curry’s 12:27.46 saw him finish just outside the top-20 in 21st, as Puchkarevskiy hung on to take the title.
Yesterday the GB trio of Alice Fitton, Jo Muir and Francesca Summers won team gold, with Summers also finishing fourth in the individual competition.
Men’s individual results
Gold: Egor Puchkarevskiy (RUS) – 1455 points
Silver: Woongtae Jun (KOR) – 1452 points
Bronze: Oleg Naumov (RUS) - 1435 points
16th: Joe Evans (GBR) – 1380 points
21st: Sam Curry (GBR) – 1370 points
Alice Fitton (Age 19, from Atherton, Greater Manchester/ lives Bath)
Maili MacKenzie (Age 19, Dumfries/Bath)
Jo Muir (Age 19, Dumfries/ Bath)
Francesca Summers (Age 18, Dorking)
Joe Choong (Age 19, Orpington/Bath)
Sam Curry (Age 20, Salfords, near Redhill /Bath
Joe Evans (Age 20, Whitchurch, Shropshire/ Bath)
Tom Lees (Age 20, Sanderstead/Oxford)
World Junior Championships schedule
Tuesday 20 May: women’s relay
Wednesday 21 May: men’s relay
Thursday 22 May: women’s semi-finals
Friday 23 May: men’s semi-finals
Saturday24 May: women’s final
Sunday 25 May: men’s final
Monday 26 May: mixed relay