Fenc­ing and rid­ing is­sues as Cooke comes 25th in Bu­dapest

Gloucestershire Echo - - BRAIN TEASER -

CHEL­TENHAM’S world cham­pion Jamie Cooke fin­ished 25th at the Bu­dapest In­door In­ter­na­tional.

Joe Choong took the bronze medal for the Pen­tathlon GB team with Myles Pil­lage eighth, Tom Too­lis came home 11th and Sam Curry was 27th.

In the pool, Pil­lage topped the swim dis­ci­pline with a rapid 1:54.08, beat­ing Cooke (1:57.05) into third with Choong fourth.

In the fenc­ing hall, Pil­lage stayed in front with 26 vic­to­ries and just nine de­feats from his 35 bouts to stay top of the over­all leader­board with Choong sec­ond and Too­lis third.

Things were much tougher for Curry and Cooke, who had 14 vic­to­ries and 21 de­feats to sit 25th.

Pil­lage led af­ter the ride with Too­lis third and Choong fourth with Cooke en­dur­ing more strug­gles but in the laser run, po­si­tions changed through­out.

Pil­lage came home eighth with Too­lis 11th while Cooke recorded the fourth quick­est time of the day to move up to 25th at the line and end his day on a high.

Cooke had ear­lier qual­i­fied for the fi­nal in qual­i­fy­ing group B.

Start­ing with the 200m swim. Cooke, the Mod­ern Pen­tahlon Olympic record holder in the dis­ci­pline, led the British charge with a time of 1:58.11, just ahead of Choong (1:59.95). There was also an im­pres­sive time of 2:00.46 from Too­lis.

Choong topped the fenc­ing stand­ings with 28 vic­to­ries from his 37 bouts. Im­pres­sive hits also came from Cooke (26W 11D) and Too­lis (25W 12D) mean­ing the British trio were sec­ond, third and fourth and from that point, qual­i­fi­ca­tion was a for­mal­ity.

Jamie Cooke

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