Wilton fin­ishes on a high

Pen­tathlon

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James Wilton fin­ished 25th on his un­der-19 World Cham­pi­onship de­but in Prague this week.

The Ash­ford School pupil im­proved six places af­ter a strong per­for­mance in his fi­nal dis­ci­pline, the laser run, and now pre­pares to com­pete in the Youth Olympic Games Euro­pean Qual­i­fy­ing event in Por­tu­gal next month.

Wilton, the only Bri­tish rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Group A fenc­ing, strug­gled af­ter a slow start, win­ning only five of his 31 bouts.

He re­sponded well, record­ing a time of 2.05.39 in his 200m swim, sev­enth quick­est in his group, to move up to 31st.

How­ever, Wilton and his team-mates George Bud­den, Toby Price and George Case failed to make the in­di­vid­ual fi­nal.

Wilton and Price teamed up in the re­lays last week, fin­ish­ing 15th.

Start­ing in the pool, they record­ing a time of 1.54.01 – the 11th quick­est of the day – with only 25 points sep­a­rat­ing the top-19 nations.

They fol­lowed that, record­ing nine vic­to­ries in fenc­ing, leav­ing them 19th, be­fore clock­ing 11 min­utes 22 sec­onds in the fi­nal laser run and move up four places in the stand­ings.

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