Six to bat­tle in Worlds fi­nals

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Six Bath-based modern pen­tathlon stars ad­vanced to the World Cham­pi­onships fi­nals in Mex­ico. In the women’s event, which was due to con­clude af­ter the Chron­i­cle went to press yes­ter­day, Euro­pean sil­ver medal­list and Rio Olympian Kate French led a trio through, along­side Joanna Muir and Francesca Sum­mers. French was her usual im­pres­sive self in the fenc­ing salle, win­ning 23 and los­ing ten bouts in group A, while Muir, only re­cently re­turned from in­jury, won 11 of her 33 bouts. Both per­formed well in the pool, French go­ing sec­ond af­ter a swim of 2mins 19.26secs, with Muir clock­ing 2:18.82. French main­tained her spot in the top ten fol­low­ing the run shoot to com­fort­ably qual­ify, but Muir’s task was more dif­fi­cult. Start­ing 36 sec­onds be­hind 15th and au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion, she blazed into the top ten, cross­ing the line along­side French. Group B saw Sum­mers in ac­tion along­side teenager Zoe Dav­i­son, who fin­ished in a re­spectable po­si­tion de­spite miss­ing out on qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Start­ing in the pool, Dav­i­son scored a fine 2:16.65, with Sum­mers al­most five sec­onds be­hind. Al­ways strong in the fence, Sum­mers won 21 bouts, with Dav­i­son own­ing a 15-16 record. Sum­mers, 22, would pro­duce an as­sured dis­play in the run-shoot to make sure of her progress. Rio Olympians Joe Choong and Jamie Cooke, plus World Cham­pi­onship debu­tant Myles Pil­lage, made their way into the men’s show­down. Both Cooke and Sam Curry fin­ished with pos­i­tive records from the Group A fence, the for­mer mov­ing up to sec­ond fol­low­ing a rapid 1:56.94 in the pool. A con­trolled per­for­mance in the run-shoot from Cooke saw him main­tain his po­si­tion to the line, se­cur­ing his place in the men’s fi­nal. In bru­tally tough con­di­tions at 2,400m above sea level in Mex­ico City, Curry found the go­ing tougher in the fi­nal dis­ci­pline, cross­ing the line 24th as he missed out on qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Pil­lage (1:56.74) just got the bet­ter of Choong (1:57.74) in the Group B pool, while each fin­ished 17-10 in the fence. En­ter­ing the run-shoot sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, Pil­lage and Choong were up to the task with sharp shoot­ing and strong run­ning en­sur­ing they main­tained their po­si­tions in the up­per ech­e­lons of the group stand­ings to join Cooke in the men’s fi­nal.

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