Ben Makin continues impressive Irish debut

Ben Makin continues impressive Irish debut

Ben Makin continued his impressive competitive debut in Irish colours as he again turned in a blistering Laser Run performance in the Men’s Semi-finals at the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships on Friday afternoon.

The competition is taking place in Zielona Gora, Poland and is the first World Juniors to be run under the testing new UIPM format, designed for the Olympic Games in Paris in two years’ time.

Manchester-born Makin delivered a superb debut for Ireland in Wednesday’s Men’s Qualification. On Friday he elevated himself into the top 30 in the world but it wasn’t quite enough to see him make Saturday’s Final, with just half of the 36-strong Semi-final field progressing.

Makin endured a difficult time in the Fencing discipline but his performance on Wednesday had proven he could quickly make up ground. He did so in the pool as he swam a 2:07.24, among the 10 fastest in his Semi-final grouping. And he followed it up with another exhibition of his endurance and shooting prowess as he finished fifth-fastest in the Laser Run, completing the combined in 10:39.67, giving him a final tally of 1132 points.

Makin’s first week representing the country isn’t over yet however. On Sunday he will team up with the in-form Isobel Radford Dodd to take on the world’s best in the Mixed Relay. The pair have been joined by three other Pentathlon Ireland team-mates in Poland this week as the country continues its development of the next generation of talent.

The UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships run from October 2-9 in Zielona Gora, Poland. For competition updates visit the UIPM website or download the UIPM Central app.

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