Cho sets Canadian record in B.C. pentathlon championships

Other VOC athletes rank highly in many categories

The Vancouver Olympic Club’s Stephanie Cho set a Canadian record with 3320 points and finished first among 14-year-old Girls in a B.C. Junior Development Pentathlon, June 23 at South Surrey Athletic Park that featured its share of meteorological surprises.

Cho demonstrated her athletic virtuosity taking first place in the 80-metre hurdles (12.02 seconds), first in long jump (5.42 metres) and second place in the 800 m in 2:28:19 min.

Jasper Schiedel also finished first in his age group, 14 year-old boys, with an impressive 3002 points. This included a 100m hurdles in 14.75 and 1000 m in 2:55:72.

Cho and Schiedel’s achievements were all the more impressive as the event featured a mix of weather, including a torrential downpour as the athletes completed the final distance events late in the afternoon.

Other VOC athletes who turned in strong performances included Jessica Hanson, Megan Picken, Roberto Pelayo-Mazzone, Ben Wang, Thomas Nobbs, Jacob York, Liam Blakely, Chloe Ainsworth, Mya Ker, Rowan Lewis and Kendra Lewis.

The pentathlon was organized by Ocean Athletics and featured, in this order: hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800 m (600m for younger age groups, 1000 for older boys).

According to Wikipedia, the first documented pentathlon occurred in 708 B.C. in Ancient Greece at the Ancient Olympic Games. Originally conceived as a challenge featuring events associated with the arts of war, by the 77th Olympics, the athletic event usually included long jump, javelin throw, and discus throw, followed by a foot race, and a wrestling competition.