Wilton finishes on a high
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.