Brothers claim pair of national titles

David and Richard Carr, Medway modern pentathletesBrothers, David and Richard Carr from Strood triumphed during the National Tetrathlon Championships in Solihull.

The championships are a Pentathlon GB event and feature fencing, swimming, running and shooting, four of the five modern pentathlon sports. 

15-year-old David, who goes to Meopham School, won the Youth B age group. He had the best fencing score for the day and clocked an enormous 14sec PB for his combined running and shooting event.

He started the day in the pool, recording a PB of 2:16.92 for the 200m freestyle event, then after some aggressive and tactical fencing, won the fencing to sit top of the rankings after two events.

David's lead equated to a 19-second head-start over the second-place competitor in the combined event.

David's second PB of the day ensured that lead was extended to 22 seconds as he cruised home to victory to secure the national title.

Richard, who goes to Chatham Grammar School for Boys, won the Youth D age group, winning two of the four disciplines on the way. 

He had the best shooting score in a boys category that completes all four elements as individual disciplines. Richard achieved 85 points from a total of 100 on offer. He then followed this up with the best swim of the day, covering the 50m course in 31.98s.

Richard missed out collecting a hat-trick of discipline victories, finishing a solid second in the fence. He then ran a PB in the 100m run, which was only good enough for eighth place in the running event, but earned him enough points to consolidate first place.

After their wins the boys are back training at North Kent Modern Pentathlon Club in preparation for the National Modern Pentathlon Championships in June.

The boys are supported by Medway Council's Medway Sporting Academy and its accompanying Athlete Support Programme, which are designed to unearth and nurture the sporting stars of the future. 

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