Morpeth Harrier's Ross Charlton rounded off his 2018/19 season on Saturday,2nd Septem,ber 2019
by claiming Gold at the UIPM’s Under 19 LaserRun World Championship in Budapest.
The 17-year-old, added another major medal to his collection with a superb display in the Hungarian capital.
For the first time, the World Championships for both the Junior’s LaserRun and Senior’s Pentathlon were held together. The Combined LaserRun being the final two events in a full Pentathlon,
comprising 4 x pistol shooting and subsequent 4 x 800m runs.
The field of thirty-two athletes saw Ross lead throughout before coming home ahead of Egypt’s Eiad El Kashef
and Yuriy Kovalchuk from Ukraine by margins of 21 seconds and 25 seconds respectively.
Modern Pentathlon is the only sport actually created for the Olympic Games.
The five disciplines are a 200m Swim, Fencing, Show Jumping
and the Combined Laser Pistol Shooting & 3,200m Run.
Reflecting on his performance across the season, Ross said,
“This year has been my first taste of international action in Pentathlon.
I did okay at the European’s in Lithuania, whilst getting knocked out in the Semi-Finals
in the World’s in Bulgaria was a disappointment.
So it feels good to round the season off today with a win in my strongest events.”
Ross went on, “People often ask me how on earth I find the time to train for five very different events?
Well, the answer is that I don’t really do much else!
Fortunately, I enjoy all the disciplines which makes it a labour of love.
And I have to give a ‘shout out’ to all of my coaches and training partners who keep me going,
without them it wouldn’t be possible.
So thanks guys, I appreciate all that you do for me.”
Article and photos courtesy of John Charlton