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BIATHLE: Ryan Symington's the star as Dorset Pentathletes shine
RYAN Symington produced a remarkable performance to finish on top of the podium at the World Biathle Championships in Limassol.
Symington was one of 24 Dorset Pentathletes to make the trip to Cyrpus and his victory in the 10-and-under section proved one of the highlights of the event, as Great Britain once again secured the title of top team with a hatful of medals.
Travis Bramley and Alex Withey also bagged individual silver and bronze medals respectively for the Dorset contingent, and there were also plenty of team medals to the delight of Mick Flaherty.
“This was a great opportunity for all those involved to take part in the World Championships in another great location in Cyprus, and their achievements were fantastic,” said the Dorset Pentathletes and GB coach.
“Ryan Symington taking individual gold means that Dorset Pentathletes have now had a world champion every year since 2007 and once again all the club’s athletes really did their country and county proud.
“All the hard work over the past year, put in by the athletes, their parents and their coaches, has really paid off and the whole team really have been outstanding.
“We can now look forward to next year’s events and World Championships with a lot of excitement.”
Great Britain took a 95-strong team to the championships and eventually finished with 22 individual medals (nine gold, nine silver, four bronze) and 18 team medals (14 gold, three silver and one bronze).
Sixteen Dorset athletes claimed top-10 finishes with other notable performances coming from the likes of Ben Samuel, Harrison Yarnold, Victoria Halford, in her seventh successive World Championships, and Matthew Cook, in his first.
Training for next year has already started with the first biathle event in the calendar scheduled for April 12, which will be the South West Biathle Championships at Leweston School.
The season opener is open to all schools and will also include a training camp at Leweston from April 7-11.
For more information contact Flaherty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorset Pentathletes is also looking for sponsorship for the forthcoming season. Flaherty added: “If there are any sponsors out there interested in supporting us then please get in touch.”
WORLD BIATHLE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
Dorset Pentathletes, Boys 10-and-under: Ryan Symington (1st), Sam Cobb (9th).
Girls 10-and-under: Anya Evans (8th), Elektra Covell (12th).
Boys 12-and-under: Ben Samuel (5th), George Tester (7th), George Case (11th), Robert Croager (12th), Ion Baxter (13th).
Girls 12-and-under: Daisy Davies (7th).
Boys 14-and-under: Travis Bramley (2nd), Jed Skilton (13th).
Girls 14-and-under: Alex Withey (3rd), Zoe Gowers (4th), Elizabeth Tolley (11th).
Boys 16-and-under: Harrison Yarnold (5th), Bradley Sutton (9th).
Girls 16-and-under: Victoria Halford (4th).
Boys 18-and-under: Matthew Cook (12th).
Masters Men 40-plus: Mark Bramley (10th), Andy Price (13th).
Masters Men 50-plus: Mick Flaherty (7th). Masters Women: Becky Baxter (7th).
Team medals: Boys 10-and-under (gold), Girls 10-and-under (gold), Boys 12-and-under (gold), Girls 12-and-under (silver), Boys 14-and-under (gold), Girls 14-and-under (gold), Masters Men 40-plus (bronze), Masters Men-50 plus (gold), Masters Women (gold), Boys 16-and-under (gold), Girls 16-and-under (gold), Boys 18-and-under (gold).
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