Atherton pentathlete Alice Fitton enjoys European and national success

3:34pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IF Atherton pentathlete Alice Fitton keeps bringing home silverware from major competitions then she may have to get a bigger trophy cabinet.

The 19-year-old has had a busy few weeks being on the podium at the European Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus and then at Solihull near Birmingham last weekend.

She scooped an individual silver, finishing two seconds behind Gloria Tochi and then, along with Jo Muir, she took team relay bronze for Great Britain.

She said: “The European event went really well and I did my fastest time for the first time this season.

“I was also clear in the bike ride then dropped down to third in the fencing event.

“I started the combined event with a 32 seconds advantage.

“I had never been in that position for a while but then in the shoot I slipped down and eventually took second place.

“Leading the event was a different type of pressure as people expect you to win when you are ahead and not in the chasing pack.”

Fitton played down concerns over her shooting after having problems at the Junior World Cup event a month ago.

She said: “It is so different to other sports. There are five disciplines and you cannot just focus on one.

“You have to work on it and then move on quickly.

“But I am not worried about my shooting because at the national championships on Sunday I did well.

“Overall I got a two second personal best in the swim which was good.

“I won the junior title and then finished third in the open age category behind Great Britain’s Samantha Murray.

“It is all about the psychological side and I am going to be working on it to try to improve.”

Fitton has been amazed by her success so far this year.

She said: “I had a problem with my ankle in February and it forced me out of action for a while.

“But since I have got back I won team bronze at the World Cup then won silver at the Europeans and took the national junior title and bronze in the open category.”

Alice has set her sights on more glory by representing Great Britain in the senior Europeans relay with Jo Muir next week. She also will take her place as first individual reserve.

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