Six to battle in Worlds finals
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.