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Teen star Sykes in National bronze joy
10:40am Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
A YOUNG Pershore athlete is celebrating after achieving individual success in the National Tetrathlon Championships.
Fourteen-year-old Harry Sykes defied the age criteria to scoop the bronze medal in an intermediate boys’ event made up of 49 competitors aged 15 to 18 from across the British Isles.
The Baybrook House School pupil also helped his England team-mates achieve first place in the overall Home Nations competition.
The three-day event comprises individual events in swimming, shooting, equestrian and cross-country running.
Sykes put Pershore Swimming Club on the map with a perfect performance in the pool that saw him lead the overall competition on the first day, amassing an unbeaten 258-metre distance over three minutes in the endurance event.
The youngest competitor in the field, he moved down to 12th place after scoring 740 points in the shooting discipline but Sykes got his medal aspirations back on track with a faultless performance on the equestrian crosscountry circuit on day two.
The Croome Pony Club member scored a maximum points total of 1,400, without any time faults to move back into eighth place overall.
On the final day, a time of seven minutes one second in the 2,000m cross-country run saw Sykes propel himself into third place overall.
Sykes now looks to learn fencing, the fifth and final discipline in the Olympic Modern Pentathlon.