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BIATHLE: Marlins stake a world claim
A PAIR of youngsters from Malmesbury Marlins Amateur Swimming Club will be taking on the world at this Saturday’s Biathle World Championships.
Nine-year-olds Charlie Hosking and Poppy Clark are both representing Great Britain in the Youth E (ten and under) category in Limassol, Cyprus.
Biathle is an emerging offshoot of modern pentathlon and the youngsters, who will be completing two 500m runs, sandwiching a 50m swim, are no strangers to representing their country after both picking up two medals at the European Championships in Portugal in July.
Hosking, of Lea, is a pupil at Westonbirt School and also a member of Cotswold Pentathlon Club, and says he is proud to be competing among the best youngsters in the world.
“It’s quite cool to have a Great Britain kit to wear,’’ said Hosking, who earned individual bronze and team gold in Portugal.
“I’m proud to wear it but I don’t talk about it to a lot of the other kids because that’s like bragging – you don’t want to act like you’re bigger than anyone else.
“(The Europeans) were quite nerve-wracking to go to but as soon as we started racing, I was all right. I was third out of the water and I had a sprint finish against the people that were fourth and fifth too.
“The Worlds should be really good.”
Hosking’s teammate Clark lives in Hillesley, Gloucestershire, but is also a member of Cotswold pentathlon club.
She won individual silver at the European Championships and says that she’s looking forward to competing in Cyprus.
“I’m really excited. Nobody’s expecting me to do well so I think I’ll be able to enjoy it,” said Clark.
“I was quite nervous at the start of the Europeans but it was really fun and I was really happy to win some medals.
“I like biathle because, after a race, you feel really good about yourself because you’ve worked hard.”
Hosking’s Westonbirt School classmate Rachel Hatherell is also competing in Cyprus in the Youth D (11-12) category.
Corsham’s Joshua Dreelan also goes in the Youth E (10 and under category).
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