Whitby schoolgirl in British biathlon final

Jasmine Kent
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A WHITBY schoolgirl has qualified for the British Championship biathlon final at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 24 March.

Airy Hill School pupil Jasmine Kent (9) achieved the feat on submitted times in her running and swimming after the semi-final at Leeds had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Jasmine, along with her sister Natasha (12), had entered the British School’s Modern Bi-athlon Championships, organised by the Pentathlon GB.

The bi-athlon comprises a 50m swim and a 500m run for years five to seven and a 100m swim and 1,000m run for years eight to 12/13.

Points are awarded for each discipline and final positions are decided by the total number of points achieved after both disciplines.

The competition was split into four semi-finals around the country. There were over 6,000 entries but both girls were qualified for the semi-final at Leeds.

The top six individuals and top team from each semi-final qualified by right and then a ranking list was produced following completion of all four semi-finals, taking the top 70 athletes to the final.

Jasmine, also a member of Whitby Seals and Loftus and Whitby Athletics Club, qualified as fifth highest score from the Leeds entries.

Last year, the sisters took part in bi-athlons in the East Riding area with Jasmine successfully winning both, with Caedmon pupil Natasha finishing in sixth place.