Four Irish athletes headed to Hungary last weekend to contest the Budapest Peridot Cup. Conor Hillick and Tom O’Brien represented the Tri Colour in the men’s event with their qualification event taking place on Friday. With 72 men, competition for places in the final was tough. Both Irish athletes began their day well scoring an excellent 17 victories in the fencing for 208points placing them in equal 18th. Onto the pool and Tom produced a personal best of 2:26,50 for 261 points and Conor posted a good time of 2:04,00 for 328 points (11th quickest in the pool). This meant Conor moved up to 17th and Tom 27th before the start of the combined run/shoot. Good efforts by the athletes saw them both record personal best times. Tom’s time of 12:29,54 gained him 551 points and saw him move up to 25th. Conor encountered a few issues on the shooting range and this saw him drop down the field and finish the competition in 31st position. Despite a good day’s competition then men didn’t progress to the final.
The women’s competition was held as a direct final for the 42 female athletes. Jenny McGeever flew out of the blocks with a fabulous fencing display to see her record 31 victories for 260 points and a share of 1st place. Sive Brassil performed well and scored 17 victories for 190 points and 32nd position on the leader board. Onto the pool, Sive was quickest out of the Irish athletes with a time of 2:16,40 for 291 points and 10th place in the swim event. Just behind her, Jenny posted a time of 2:17,48 for 288 points seeing her drop one place on the overall leader board. At the riding event, both Irish athletes produced assured showjumping rounds with Jenny going clear and Sive knocking one pole for 300 and 297 points respectively. On the completion of this event, Jenny remained in second place with Sive moving up to 17th place. An enormous personal best in the running and shooting saw Sive storm through the field to cross the finish line in 10th position, by far her best international result to date. For Jenny, her fortunes were reversed and despite strong running, errors on the range saw her drop to 16th position.
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