Isobel Radford Dodd and Ben Makin brought the curtain down on a hugely positive week for Ireland at the UIPM 2022 Pentathlon Junior World Championships as they put in an impressive performance in the Mixed Relay Final on Sunday.
Teaming up for the first time as a tandem in Zielona Gora, Poland, Radford Dodd and Makin came into Sunday’s competition on the back of two superb individual performances earlier in the week when both progressed through Women’s and Men’s Qualifications respectively and finished within the top 30 in the world.
With the Fencing prowess of Wicklow native Radford Dodd and the hard-running combined skills of Makin, the pair of 20-year-olds may well become a fixture at major Pentathlon Mixed Relay finals.
On Sunday, they lined up alongside 16 other nations and got things off to a steady start with 12 victories in the Fencing Ranking Round before adding four more points in the Fencing Bonus Round.
However, so much can depend on the luck of the draw in the Riding discipline and unfortunately it was not on the side of the Irish duo on Sunday. While Radford Dodd completed her round with just one obstacle penalty, Makin was unseated at his third fence, which meant the pair were eliminated from the riding phase of the competition.
Things went from a low point to a sky high point as action moved to the pool and Radford Dodd and Makin blazed a trail through the field in the Swimming discipline. The pair combined to be the only team in the field to go sub two-minutes, finishing the fastest of all in a brilliant time of 1:58.90.
They rounded off proceedings with another positive Laser Run performance, as some steady running and sharp shooting saw Radford Dodd and Makin combine to be the 11th-fastest team in the competition, finishing in a time of 13:33.41 for a final tally of 994 points. Gold was claimed by Great Britain with Hungary taking silver and Lithuania bronze.
This has been a very encouraging week for the future of Irish pentathletes with five competitors in Poland. Caolan Costello and Robert Cherry, both 17, stepped up an age grade to compete in the Men’s Relay while Radford Dodd was joined by Cork’s Hanna D’Aughton in the Women’s Individual competition.
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