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Holly breaks 2300 points for Pentathlon

Holly Fielder broke three individual personal bests and her personal best in the Pentathlon in battling her way to silver in the Dacorum and Tring Open Pentathlon.


The event is the Club’s Championships, the County Championships and an Open Competition. The meeting attracts some of the best young mutli eventers. This year competitors came from as far a field as Andover, Chelmsford, Derby and of course, Canterbury. Within the field were Jessica Down (Chelmsford) who had headed up in the indoor Pentathlon rankings, Holly Mills (Andover) who Holly had competed against in her last Pentathlon and Ellysha Franklin (Slough) who is currently ranked highly in the high jump, javelin and hurdles and was second in the indoor rankings.


The timetable was very compressed with the first 4 events being run almost back to back. In her first event, Holly achieved 1.32m in the high jump, an event which was won by Ellysha Fanklin with 1.38m.


In the 70m hurdles, Holly set the first of her three personal bests, lowering her previous best time from 12.9s to 12.7s. This event was won by Jessica Down in a time of 11.2s. At this stage Holly was placed 5th in the competition.


In the long jump Holly jumped 4.43m and came second to Holly Mills who jumped 4.50m. Her best jump had now moved Holly up to 4th in the competition.


Holly then excelled herself in the shot putt adding 42cm to her previous best to end up with 6.78m, which was the 4th best putt in the competition. This event was won by Jessica Down with 7.97m. This still left Holly in 4th place with the 800m to go.


Going in to the 800m the points differences between Holly and her nearest rivals equated to her having to run 20seconds faster than Jessica Down, 12seconds faster than Ellysha Franklin and 9seconds faster than Holly Mills in order to get first place.


From the gun Holly hit the front, with a number of her rivals trying to hang on to her. As the race went on Holly began to turn up the pace dropping all but Ellysha Franklin. At the finish Holly had run a new personal best time of 2mins 33.9sec. A second behind her was Ellysha Franklin, who remarkably had lowered her 800m PB by 15 seconds.


Incredibly Holly had finished 11 seconds ahead of Holly Mills and 25 seconds ahead of Jessica Down, which meant that not only had she set a new personal best score of 2309, but it also gave her second place in the competition.


The Final results were (top 4 only):


1. Ellysha Franklin (Slough)           2422 (currently 1st in the UK rankings)

2. Holly Fielder (Invicta)                2309  (currently 2nd in the UK rankings)

3. Holly Mills (Andover)                 2278  (currently 3rd in the UK rankings)

4. Jessica Down (Chelmsford)       2243  (currently 4th in the UK rankings)