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Report by Ed Heardman
2011-08-02 08:29:11

Ben Wins Schools' Biathlon

 

Ben Pond competed in the Schools' Biathlon Championships at the weekend at Medway Park alongside the European Men’s Modern Pentathlon championships where top British athletes were competing for their place at the 2012 Olympics. The event for the Schools was a 100m swim followed by a 1000m run. At 15, Ben was one of the younger competitors in the 15-16 age group but his training paid off!

On an extremely hot day, Ben took top place in the 15 – 16 age group. He had a great swim in the pool which meant he would lead the run, as in the Modern Pentathlon the Biathlon start was staggered based on the swim time. Ben set off at a good pace but was constantly looking behind expecting someone to take his lead. Despite some of the boys running a faster time, Ben’s head start from finishing first in the swim meant he had a good lead all the way onto which he easily held.  Although not a PB in either discipline, he was very happy with his performance and was later congratulated by Jamie Cooke, Top British Pentathlete, who was competing in the Men’s European champions alongside the schools competition. Jamie later gained his qualification for the 2012 Olympics at the event. A great inspiration for the junior athletes to rub shoulders with world class athletes.

Ben now will go on the World Ranking list and his ranking will be confirmed at the end of the year by the UIPM, Union International de Pentathlon Moderne.

Recently, Ben also took part in Deal Tri's Fun Triathlon at Hartsdown, again in the 15-16 age group.  He had only just dusted off his bike the week before after it had sat neglected for a year but was up for the challenge.  He set a good pace in the 300m swim with a time of 3.49 mins to transition which was 150 meters in front of the next athlete (who had travelled from Southend for the event). This gave Ben a great lead going into the 6k bike ride. Following this Ben kept a good 2 min lead finishing the bike leg on 24.02 and set off for a 3k run. He finally completed the event in first place in a very respectable time of 38.20.

Great stuff, Ben - very well done!

 

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